The FBI has captured one of its “10 Most Wanted” criminals, a man looked for in the ruthless MS-13 posse related murder of a New Jersey man in 2011.
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Walter Yovany Gomez was arrested without incident Friday in Woodbridge.
He and an associate were ordered to kill Matute by MS-13 because he was speaking with a rival gang, the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleged.
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.
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.
“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”, Timothy Gallagher, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Newark Office, said. The victim was in the sights of MS-13 because he was believed to have socialized with a rival group, the 18th Street Gang, at a bar. His wounds were so severe that authorities were only able to identify him because of his tattoos.
Gomez’ cohort, who was also an MS-13 member, was caught and convicted.
A $100,000 reward had been offered for the arrest of Gomez, who was considered armed and risky. They will now seek to extradite him to New Jersey, where he faces murder and racketeering charges.
MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, have been named in connection to hundreds of murders across the United States since they first infiltrated Los Angeles in 1980, coming from Central American countries including El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. It is not known if anybody will claim it, or how exactly Gomez was apprehended.