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Halloween decorations hung from a tree in the front yard of Guerrero’s house. Within hours of Arbabsiar’s arrest, the neighborhood was flooded with trucks from local television stations.

“I want this over with,” Guerrero said. “My children and I are under a lot of stress right now because of this situation. We don’t have nothing to do with it.”

Records show Arbabsiar also has lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Corpus Christi, and been married at least twice. He was arrested and released in 2001 for theft by check, charges that were eventually dismissed, said Cynthia Martinez of the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office, which includes Corpus Christi. She said Arbabsiar was also arrested in 1993, 1996 and 1997 on traffic violations.

Court records also indicate he was once charged with evading arrest in the Dallas area.

Cano said Arbabsiar moved in with Guerrero, who had lived at the house previously and was raising three boys, all who have graduated from high school. Records indicate Arbabsiar is married to Guerrero and show no indication they are separated.

Cano said although he would see Arbabsiar with some frequency, they’d never speak.

“He wasn’t friendly at all,” Cano said. “He’d never even acknowledge you. He’d just walk and talk in this language I’d never heard of.”


Sherman reported from McAllen. Associated Press writer Danny Robbins in Dallas contributed to this report.