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Pedro Andrade, 37, was sent back to the U.S. on attempted murder charge after hiding out in Merida. Photo:  U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force

A Muscatine, Iowa, man who was arrested in Merida by U.S. Marshals in connection with a near-deadly assault at a grain elevator has been extradited to the Fremont County Jail.

Pedro Andrade, 37, was arrested following a fugitive investigation that led authorities to the Yucatan capital.

He is being held without bond for charges of attempted murder, willful injury and flight to avoid prosecution.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Oct. 10, 2019, after he allegedly pushed a coworker from the top of a 60-foot tall industrial grain bin during an argument.

Deputies alleged Andrade unhooked the man’s safety line and pushed him from the catwalk onto a gravel parking lot below “after discovering an affair between the victim and Andrade’s wife.”

The alleged victim sustained massive critical injuries but survived.

Andrade is a U.S. Citizen, but it was not reported whether he had family ties in Merida. He has been charged with attempted murder, a Class B felony; willful injury, a Class C felony; and flight to avoid prosecution, a Class D felony.

Source: Daily Nonpareil

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