Authorities in Mexico are claiming they’ve arrested one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives, a reputed Los Angeles gang member wanted for multiple counts of murder, rape and drug trafficking.
According MSNBC Southern California, Joe Luis Saenz, 37, was taken into custody in the western city of Guadalajara late Thursday and flown to Los Angeles on Friday.
CNN reports Bill Lewis, assistant director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Los Angeles field office, thanked various groups — including the Mexican federal police — that combined forces in order to capture Saenz.
He was believed to be hiding in Mexico, working as an enforcer and hit man for a Mexican drug cartel, at the time of his arrest.
Per the FBI’s website, Saenz shot and killed two rival gang members in July 1998 to retaliate for an assault on one of his associates. Less than two weeks later, he then allegedly kidnapped, raped, and murdered his estranged girlfriend.
Saenz is also accused of committing his fourth murder in October 2008 in Los Angeles County.
He was added to the FBI’s list of 10 Most Wanted Fugitives in October 2009 with a reward of up to $100,000 for information that led directly to his arrest.
“This individual, Jose Saenz, will be brought to justice,” Los Angeles County authorities said at the time. “We will find him and prosecute him to the full extent, under the law. Make no mistake about it.”
MSNBC Los Angeles has more on the arrest of FBI Most Wanted fugitive Jose Luis Saenz in the video below: