MS-13 gang mem­ber ar­rested in N.J. slay­ing

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY MAR­TIN WEIL mar­tin.weil@wash­post.com

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.

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