Feds Capture Alleged Gang Member on 'Most Wanted' List

Walter Yovany Gomez was arrested in Virginia after a four-year manhunt

Walter Yovany Gomez was arrested in Virginia after a four-year manhunt

The FBI confirms that Walter Yovany Gomez, one of its 10 Most Wanted fugitives, has been captured in Virginia.

The FBI has said earlier that Gomez was trying to become a full-fledged member of the local branch of the transnational gang when the killing happened.

On May 8, 2011, the pair struck Matute in the head repeatedly with a baseball bat, cut his throat and used a screwdriver to stab him in the back 17 times, the Federal Bureau of Investigation charged.

"The apprehension of Walter Yovany Gomez is a prime example of the close coordination between the vigilant public and the hard working men and women of law enforcement", stated Timothy Gallagher, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Newark Division.

The FBI says that Gomez is a member of the MS-13 gang that has recently received new scrutiny after President Donald Trump vowed to crack down on the worldwide group as part of his administration's immigration policies, following more than a dozen gang-related murders on Long Island. "Gomez will now stand trial for his alleged involvement for a brutal murder, which took a young man from his family".

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Gomez is believed to affiliated with the gang MS-13, as was his victim Julio Matute.

Gomez was first put on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list back in April, with the department offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest. It is not known if anybody will claim it, or how exactly Gomez was apprehended.

Walter Yovany Gomez was wanted in the brutal slaying of a New Jersey man back in 2011.

But Gomez got away, and he was charged in September 2013 with violent crime in aid of racketeering. "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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