California man charged with attempted murder of U.S. diplomat in Mexico

    One of the surveillance photos provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    The U.S. man arrested by Mexican authorities in connection with last week’s shooting of a diplomat stationed at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara made his initial appearance Tuesday after being charged with the attempted murder. 

    Zia Zafar, 31, from Chino Hills, California, arrived in Virginia Monday night.

    According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 6, Zafar disguised himself and followed a Vice Consul Christopher Ashcraf through a parking garage to his vehicle. Zafar allegedly shot him once in the chest as he driving towards the garage exit.

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