- Walter Yovany Gomez was taken into custody on Friday without incident
- FBI says he is wanted for murder in a brutal slaying in New Jersey
- Gomez was placed on the 10 Most Wanted list in April
- The public helped the FBI after several tips came in placing him in Virginia
A New Jersey member of the notorious MS-13 gang, who recently landed himself on the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’, has been captured in Virginia.
Walter Yovany Gomez was taken into custody without incident in Woodbridge on Friday according to the FBI. Federal authorities will seek to extradite him to New Jersey, where he faces murder and racketeering charges.
Gomez and a co-conspirator struck Julio Matute in the head with a bat, sliced his throat and stabbed him in the back 17 times with a screwdriver in Plainfield, New Jersey, because he was suspected of socializing with a rival gang.
The co-conspirator was convicted in the May 2011 slaying. Gomez was put on the FBI’s list in April.
Gomez is from Honduras, where MS-13 originates, he came to the US illegally.
The FBI said in a statement they were able to capture Gomez in part due to the public’s assistance. They said they received several tips putting him in the area of Woodbridge.
The bureau had offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.
President Donald Trump commended law enforcement and immigration officials in Long Island, New York last late last month for cracking down on the bloody MS-13 gang after a string of brutal murders were committed in Suffolk County.
‘We are taking the fight to the drug smugglers, human traffickers and the vile criminal cartels like MS-13 who are being thrown out of our country so quickly you can’t even count,’ Trump said.
‘We are liberating American communities from these vicious, violent gangs.’