Vincent Legrend Walters, one of the U.S. Marshals Service’s most-wanted fugitives, has been arrested by Mexican police after 24 years on the run.
The Huffington Post reports that Walters is wanted in San Diego, California for murder charges in the killing of a woman kidnapped as part of a drug deal in 1988. Walters, who is on the service’s list of 15 most wanted fugitives, will also face weapons and drug charges.
MSNBC reports that David Harlow, Assistant Director of the U.S. Marshals Investigative Operations Division, stated of the arrest that:
“Vincent Walters is accused of committing a number of crimes that landed him on our most wanted fugitive list. 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.”
According to Yahoo News, Vincent Legrend Walters had been living in Cancun with the assumed name of Oscar Rivera. He was working at the Cancun international airport at the time of his arrest on Friday. He has been taken to Mexico City in order to wait for extradition procedures.
An unnamed official at the Cancun airport stated that Walters was not an employee of the airport, but worked for a resort who sold time-share vacation packages. He was working at the same information booth at the terminal for about a decade, and the official stated those employees are not subject to the same security reviews as airport employees.