Detectives: Homicide suspect may have fled to Mexico

Lemuel Meza Cruz

Lemuel Meza Cruz

A man suspected of killing an Immokalee man earlier this week may have fled the country, Collier County sheriff detectives say.

Lemuel Meza Cruz, 33, is wanted on a second-degree murder charge for the killing of Juan Flores Monroy, 24, 321 Wells St., Immokalee.

Monroy’s body was found Tuesday morning on the side of a dirt road, near the 200 block of Wells Street, by a motorists.

Meza Cruz hopped on a flight Tuesday night in Atlanta to Mexico City, detectives believe. By checking flight manifests, detectives found Meza Cruz was listed as a passenger on a flight out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta bound for Mexico City, Mexico, around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office is now asking federal authorities for assistance in apprehending Meza Cruz, whose last known address was 610 Booker Blvd. in Immokalee.

Detectives revealed Friday that Monroy was stabbed to death.

Witnesses told detectives that Meza Cruz and Flores Monroy got into an argument in an open field near the 200 block of Wells Street around 9 p.m. Monday. The argument led to a physical altercation in which Meza Cruz stabbed Flores Monroy with a knife.

Flores Monroy staggered along a footpath to the side of the road, where a worker with Immokalee Water & Sewer found his body.

The Collier County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner of death to be homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

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