A fugitive wanted for gunning down a man at his front door in McMinnville was captured Sunday hiding in a house in Williamson County.
The suspect, Gregorio Rosas Arenas, 35, of McMinnville, is being held under $1 million bond on the charge of criminal homicide for the July 20 shooting death of Albertano Guerrero Trejo, 29.
He is charged with shooting the victim at the front door of his Cotten Apartment residence with a 9mm hand gun. Police believe an argument erupted between the men and Arenas pulled the trigger, shooting the victim once in the chest. Trejo died at the scene.
Arenas had been added to the TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list and there was a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Lawmen feared Arenas, who had lived in Warren County for several years, might try to flee back across the border to Mexico because of the charges against him. However, federal marshals, along with Williamson County SWAT team members, found he was hiding out in Fairview, about 90 minutes north of McMinnville near Nashville. They surrounded the house late Sunday afternoon.
Authorities had received information Arenas was barricaded inside the house and may have committed suicide or was about to kill himself. However, when officers made entry into an inner room, they found Arenas hiding in a closet under a pile of clothes and bed sheets.
He has been returned to Warren County where he will face preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke in the coming weeks. The exact cause of the argument which led to the shooting has not been revealed.