MS-13 gang member arrested in N.J. slaying
A gang member and homicide suspect who the FBI placed on its list of Ten Most Wanted fugitives was arrested Friday in Northern Virginia, authorities said.
The FBI said Walter Yovany Gomez was arrested in Woodbridge. The bureau credited a “well-coordinated investigation” and tips from the public, but the circumstances of the arrest were not immediately specified.
According to the FBI, Gomez was wanted in the death of Julio Matute in New Jersey on May 8, 2011. Two assailants struck Matute in the head with a baseball bat, slit his throat and stabbed him in the back 17 times with a screwdriver, the FBI said. One person has already been convicted, the FBI said.
Gomez, a Honduran citizen about 30 years old, was said by the FBI to belong to a New Jersey branch of the MS-13 gang. Matute was suspected of socializing with members of a rival gang, the FBI said.
A federal arrest warrant was issued for Gomez in Newark almost four years ago, after he was charged with violent crime in aid of racketeering, the FBI said.
He was placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list April 12 of this year. The list, created in March 1950, has become one of the best known of its kind.
The names of 514 fugitives have appeared on it, the FBI said, and Gomez was one of 482 who have been caught.