Rickey Barge, also known as Mohamed Kamalaudeen, is accused of stabbing Judy Calder to death on August 18th. He is now behind bars in Mexico City, Mexico awaiting extradition back into the United States.
"International extradition is now being processed through the Washoe County District Attorney's Office, the US Department of Justice and the Office of International Affairs, with the Mexican authorities, to bring Kamalaudeen back to the United States to face the charges for the murder of Judy Calder," said Commander Steve Asher of the Sparks Police Department.
Kamalaudeen, known as "Ricky Barge," is charged with one count of murder with the use of a deadly weapon.
Detectives believe Barge fled the state, shortly after Calder's body was discovered. According to court documents, he was seen renting a vehicle on August 24th at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. San Antonio, Texas authorities found the rental car a few days later.
Police won't say how Barge got to Mexico City, only that he has been detained, and that his return to the United States is crucial to solving the case.
"It's hard to comment on motive until we can hear both sides of the stories and hear both sides of the story and interview everyone involved," said Asher.
Police say they especially want to hear from Barge, which means first getting him back to the U-S. Washoe County Deputy District Attorney Dan Greco, says in order to gain custody of Barge, the U.S. has to convince Mexican authorities that they believe Barge is guilty.
"The Federal Government has 60 days to submit the initial round of paperwork that is submitted in every international extradition case. That is first person affidavits of key witnesses involved in the case, as well as the assurance that we won't seek the death penalty in the case," said Greco.
Prosecutors say they have to keep that promise too. Cooperating with the Mexican government could make it easier to get Barge back to the U-S, but like in any International Extradition, it could take months, or even years before Barge returns to American soil.
"The key word here is International. We have no control over the Mexican government," said Greco.
Deputy DA's say while extradition is a lengthy process, they have had good success with Mexican authorities in the past. They say often times in these cases, the suspect will grow tired of Mexican jail, and choose to return to the U.S. voluntarily. So far, Barge has given no signs that he is willing to surrender.
Judy's family was contacted by police about the detainment. Judy's husband, Jim Calder, said he felt very grateful to police and everyone else who helped find Barge. He also said he was glad the suspect was finally behind bars...and he hopes justice will be served.