U.S. marshals capture most wanted fugitive

July 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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SAN DIEGO, July 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Marshals in Cancun, Mexico, said they have captured Vincent Legrend Walters, their 15th-most-wanted fugitive, accused of a 1988 kidnapping and homicide.

Walters, 45, was found Friday in Cancun after 24 years on the run, NBC-TV, San Diego, reported Saturday. He is wanted for the 1988 kidnapping and killing of Christina Reyes and also faces drug charges including the manufacture of methamphetamine and drug trafficking, the U.S. Marshals service said.

Walters had been working at the Cancun International Airport under the pseudonym "Oscar Rivera." He will be transferred to Mexico City before being extradited to San Diego.

"The U.S. Marshals are thrilled with the capture of this violent fugitive. This is a prime example of the sheer determination and persistence we have when tracking down a wanted criminal," Steven Stafford, U.S. marshal for the Southern District of California, said in a statement Friday.

"Vincent Walters is accused of committing a number of crimes that landed him on our most wanted fugitive list," said David Harlow, assistant director of the U.S. Marshals Investigative Operations Division. "Thanks to the hard work of our Deputy U.S. Marshals, local law enforcement and Mexican law enforcement partners, we were able to bring Walters in to face the consequences for his laundry list of accused crimes."

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