Aug 12, 2017, 10:35 AM ET

One of FBI's Most Wanted fugitives captured in Virginia


The FBI confirmed on Saturday morning that after a four year manhunt it has captured one of the bureau’s 10 Most Wanted criminals, who was sought in connection with a brutal 2011 murder in New Jersey.

Walter Yovany Gomez, whom the FBI refers to as a New Jersey gang member, was apprehended in Woodbridge, Virginia by local law enforcement.

Gomez was wanted in connection with his alleged involvement in the murder of Julio Matute in Plainfield, New Jersey in May 2011. The murder was allegedly part of an initiation into the international criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).

The FBI said that Gomez was arrested without incident. The bureau is crediting public assistance for his apprehension.

"The apprehension of Walter Yovany Gomez is a prime example of the close coordination between the public and law enforcement,” Agent Michael Whitaker told ABC News on Saturday. “Gomez will now stand trial for his alleged involvement for a brutal murder, which took a young man from his family. The FBI thanks the public for its continued vigilance."

Gomez is being held in Virginia while he awaits extradition to New Jersey, where he was indicted. He is a citizen of Honduras, and was in the U.S. illegally. His age is unclear.

The FBI added Gomez to its Most Wanted list in April in connection with the murder of Matute on May 8, 2011. Matute was believed to have been socializing with a rival gang, and was ordered killed by MS-13 leaders, according to the FBI. He was struck in the head numerous times with a baseball bat, had his throat cut, and was stabbed 17 times in the back with a screwdriver, the FBI says.

The bureau alleges that after a night of socializing with Matute, it was Gomez and another gang member who attacked him. The co-conspirator was subsequently apprehended, charged, and found guilty of homicide, according to the FBI.

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.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has highlighted the fight against MS-13. Trump traveled to Long Island in July, where MS-13 has been connected to a string of violent murders, to speak out against the gang. In a speech, Trump said the gang has “transformed peaceful parks and beautiful quiet neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields.” In April, Jeff Sessions traveled to Long Island where he vowed to take the group down and linked it to the administration’s broader policies on illegal immigration.

The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives list was established in March 1950. Nearly 500 fugitives have been apprehended or located since, with 160 of them resulting from citizen cooperation. The FBI was offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to Gomez’s arrest.

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  • rick moss

    Let's round up all the racists and all the MS thugs and put them in a locked building together - that ought to "kill two birds with one stone".

  • Ali Paolo Abdul KareemMann

    Seems they can catch immigrants. But they do not seem to be capable or interested in stopping the corruption coming from non legal administrative courts in this country. Most of people are idoits you cannot see or refuse to see your real enemies are right under your own noses. But it makes sense you fool yourselves into believing propaganda then to realize hard truths.

  • Dickie Mellon

    He should have moved to Chicago.

  • KingofStreitHall

    As a resident of northern va, it's good to finally see some movement here. The area has become infested with these folks, and the machete murders that accompany them....many apt complexes have become overrun by them...many supported by local charities. You can't go anywhere in the area without seeing groups of them loitering around 7-11 parking lots on just about every street corner (it's become a stereotype for a reason)...and even our local mall has become off-limits to our kids due to the increased crime.

  • Dailymotion 2018™

    What's the point in capturing these people, if the justice system is not going to killed them?

  • Deborah Aichele

    Well this dirtbag is off the streets. The 100,000 will go to the one who turned him in.

  • valinva

    An illegal alien gang member? Why, that can't be. Leftists tell us that all of the illegals are aspiring engineers and brain surgeons if we would just give them free college.

  • kamanalo

    The ancient human female correctly pointed out millions of years ago that the human male would always be the most treacherous, deceitful, cowardly, violent, destructive and murderous animal this planet would ever know.

  • Colinalcarz

    This is awesome. It is already a great enough event that the FBI captured this man, but that it was done with public cooperation is even better.

  • jb0nez

    So..... How did public participation help? The article states this interesting bit then don't elaborate at all and goes on to just sound like a typical federal agency press release.

  • Planet Earth

    Great's a shame dear leader thinks the FBI is incompetent

  • rontron

    The lack of adequate Border security over the last 20+ years has allowed many of these people to enter the US and assimilate within immigrant communities where they apply their behavior of crime. Unfortunately other illegals do not report them for fear of getting deported themselves.