Authorities Capture FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive in Mexico


By Allan Lengel

California Gang member Emigdio Preciado, Jr., who shot and wounded a Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy in 2000, and who is on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list along with Osama bin Laden, was captured in Mexico, the FBI announced Monday.

The FBI said Preciado was captured Friday night in Yagos, a rural town in the Mexican state of Nayarit, where he’d been living under the alias Regalo Castaneda-Castaneda and working as a fisherman.

The FBI said that his identifying tattoos on his chest – the names “Susana” and “Alexa” -had been surgically removed. Still FBI agents and Mexican police, who were there at the time of the arrest, confirmed his identity through fingerprints.

Sal Hernandez, head of the Los Angeles FBI,  credited the capture to “flawless collaboration” between the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, FBI and Mexican police.

Authorities charged that Preciado in September 2000, stepped out a van during a routine traffic stop and opened fire on two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, striking one in the head. The deputy survived.

UPDATE: Tuesday: The FBI said it will pay a reward of up to $150,000 for tips that led to the capture, the Associated Press reported. The FBI said at least one person would get some money.


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