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Mistake leads to wrong man's arrest for Abilene murder

Published On: Mar 21 2013 04:18:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 21 2013 04:39:32 PM CDT
Martin Talavera Jr.

After searching for six years, Abilene police announced (in January 2014) that a man wanted in connection to a local murder was finally found in Mexico. According to APD,  that man -- 26-year-old Martin Talavera Jr. -- was aone of three men allegedly involved in the 2008 murder of Albert Cardena. Cardena was found shot to death in an alley in north Abilene. The two other men involved, William Gagnon and Joe Guadalupe Rangel, had already been tried and were sentenced to life in prison.


Authorities made a mistake when they arrested a man in Whitfield, Ga., in February for his part in the Abilene shooting death of Albert Cadena more than four years ago.

Authorities thought the man to be 25-year-old Martin Talavera Jr.

Instead, the man now being held in a Columbus, Ga., detention facility has been identified as Victor Perez, a man who previously used “Martin Televara” as an alias.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department issued a release Thursday noting the mistake. A news release said the sheriff’s office learned of the goof Wednesday after receiving information from Department of Homeland Security Custom and Border Protection agents.

According to the release, Perez is in custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. 

As a result, Talavera's arrest warrant has been reentered into National Crime Information Center and Texas Crime Information Center databases. Those with information regarding Martin Talavera Jr., are asked to contact TCSO at (325) 674-1300, or via e-mail tips@taylorcosheriff.com

Cadena was found dead in the 3600 block of Clinton Street.

Two other subjects – William Gagnon and Joe Rangel – have already been prosecuted for the crime.