Feds Capture Alleged Gang Member on 'Most Wanted' List

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

An MS-13 gang member on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list has been captured in Virginia after a four-year manhunt, authorities announced Saturday.

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 global group as part of his administration's immigration policies, following more than a dozen gang-related murders on Long Island.

Walter Yovany Gomez, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, was arrested without incident Friday in Woodbridge, 20 miles south of Washington, as a result of a well-coordinated investigation and tips from the public, the FBI said.

Gomez, a Honduran citizen with is in his late 20s or 30s and was in the USA illegally, is suspected in the death of Julio Matute in Plainfield in May 2011.

The FBI said Gomez is a suspected co-conspirator in the murder of a man who was found in a New Jersey apartment with his throat cut and stabbed 17 times in the back.

According to the FBI, Gomez and another man befriended Matute and spent an evening partying at his house before attacking him as he was preparing to leave for work the next morning.

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

Gomez is being charged with a violent crime in aid of racketeering.

Walter Yovany Gomez, who is the 513th person to make the list, was sought in connection with a brutal gang murder on West Front Street in Plainfield, NJ in May 2011.

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.

"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", Gallagher said.

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