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Tigard murder suspect extradited from Mexico

Luis Hernandez-Diaz, wanted over 1999 stabbing death, lodged in Washington County Jail.

COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Luis Hernandez-Diaz in a jail booking photo this week.A suspect in a 1999 murder case in Tigard has been extradited to the United States and booked into the Washington County Jail, the Tigard Police Department announced Thursday.

Tigard Police said the extradition of Luis Hernandez-Diaz, 46, from Mexico was accomplished after “several years” of the Tigard Police Department working with the U.S. Department of Justice on the matter.

Hernandez-Diaz arrived in the United States on Tuesday, according to police. He is currently lodged in jail.

Hernandez-Diaz was wanted by police in connection with the Feb. 12, 1999, stabbing death of Maria Garcia-Leonardo in the parking lot of Burger King at 11539 S.W. Pacific Hwy., Tigard. He faces charges of murder, unlawful use of a weapon and assault, according to the jail website.

Police said Hernandez-Diaz is also known by a number of different aliases, including Efrain Sanchez Diaz, which may be his true name.

Anyone with information on the case is being encouraged to contact Tigard Police at 503-639-6168.