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May 21, 2019

Suspect in 2012 NYC murder of NY Red Bulls youth soccer coach busted in Mexico after fatal shooting of two federal agents

September 28, 2018
Michael Jones was slashed to death in 2012 in Union Square, and the man suspected of killing him has finally been apprehended — after killing two Mexican federal agents, authorities said. (New York Red Bulls)

The man wanted for killing a youth soccer coach near Union Square in 2012 was busted in Mexico after shooting dead two of that country’s federal agents, authorities said.

Liverpool, England, native Michael Jones, 25, fought for his life before he died in a pool of blood on W. 14th St.. near 5th Ave. on Oct. 7, 2012.

Pony-tailed Orlando Orea, then 32, was identified as the killer in the slashing a short time later.

Orea left a note with his live-in brother in Queens apologizing and asking for forgiveness, then flew to Mexico with a ticket he bought shortly before he was put on a no-fly list, the NYPD said then.

He remained at large until his capture Thursday, in a rural town in Puebla, a day after he shot dead two federal agents who were trying to serve him an extradition warrant, authorities said.

The NYPD in 2012 said Orea may have mistaken Jones with another man with whom he had argued earlier at a bar about a block away, Bunga’s Den, minutes earlier.

But Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea Friday said a clear motive has not been established. He also said it wasn’t clear, given the murders in Mexico, when Orea would be exradited to the United States.

Jones, who lived in New Jersey, was a youth soccer coach for the Red Bulls.

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