Feds Capture Alleged Gang Member on 'Most Wanted' List

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

An MS-13 member wanted in connection with a 2011 murder that landed him on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitive " list has been arrested in Virginia, officials said.

Agents apprehended Walter Yovany Gomez without incident in Woodbridge, Virginia, said Tim Gallagher, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Newark Division.

The FBI was putting forth a reward of up to $100,000 for his catch. The murder was allegedly part of an initiation into the global criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).

Gomez had been placed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list on April 12.

Gomez, who goes by the nickname "Cholo", is accused of killing a fellow MS-13 gang member Julio Matute in Plainfield in 2011. Authorities say Matute was Gomez's friend, and allegedly was a member of the Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha crew, a New Jersey branch of the notorious criminal network.

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The FBI has said before that Gomez was attempting to wind up noticeably an undeniable individual from the neighborhood office of the transnational posse when the executing happened.

Gomez had nearly been caught by authorities back in 2011 during a police chase following Matute's death.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Gomez in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, on September 19, 2013, after he was charged with violent crime in aid of racketeering.

President Trump condemned MS-13 in an appearance in July on Long Island where 17 murders have been attributed to the gang since January 1, 2016.

During a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, earlier this month, President Donald Trump praised law enforcement and immigration officials for cracking down on gang members, particularly MS-13. "They rape and they rob", Trump said. "They are there right now because of weak political leadership ... and in many cases police who are not allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or a mayor who does not know what's going on".

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