Brenda Delgado has found herself added to the FBI "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list. This is only the ninth time that a woman has been placed on the "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List."
Delgado, 33-years-old, is alleged to have put together a plot to have Kendra Hatcher murdered in 2015. Hatcher, a dentist in Dallas, was shot and killed after she had exited her vehicle in the parking garage at the Gables Park 17 apartment complex.
Investigators from the Dallas Police Department and the FBI investigated the murder of Hatcher. According to the FBI, members of the Dallas Police Department were responsible for putting the clues together that showed that Brenda Delgado was the mastermind of the murder for hire plot.Kristopher Love, the man authorities believed pulled the trigger and gunned down Hatcher, and Crystal Cortes, the woman believed to have been operating the vehicle used to drive Love to and from the murder scene, are both in custody and facing federal charges. Thomas M. Class, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Dallas Field Office, commented on Love and Cortes and how Brenda Delgado manipulated the two to commit murder.
"Brenda Delgado was able to effectively manipulate everyone she involved in her calculated scheme. Although she didn't pull the trigger herself, she is still responsible for the murder."According to the investigation conducted by the police and the FBI, jealousy was the catalyst that led to the murder of the 35-year-old Dallas dentist. Brenda Delgado was jealous of Hatcher due to the fact that Hatcher was dating the ex-boyfriend of Delgado. Delgado's ex-boyfriend and Hatcher were progressing in their relationship to the point that Hatcher introduced her boyfriend to her parents. After the investigation into the murder of Hatcher had begun, Delgado spoke with authorities. When the investigation was pointing toward the fact that Delgado had orchestrated the death of Kendra Hatcher, Brenda Delgado left the United States. Due to her being a citizen of Mexico, authorities believe that is where she fled.
Evidence gathered by the police and the FBI was taken to a grand jury. Some of the evidence heard by the grand jury included how Delgado was planning to pay Love for murdering Hatcher. Delgado promised that she would give Love drugs and money from both a drug cartel and from herself. After the case against Delgado had been presented, the grand jury decided that Delgado should be indicted for murder. The grand jury indictment came in October of 2015. Delgado, who had fled the country, had a federal arrest warrant issued for her for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.
Members of the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force in Dallas are currently searching for any clues or tips that will lead them to Brenda Delgado. Joseph Campbell, Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., commented about why it is important that the FBI shows that it is still searching for a suspect, even if that person is not in the country.
"Community visibility and awareness of the program brings the eyes and ears of citizens around the world into the effort, which leads to the capture of these criminals."A press conference was held on Wednesday by Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk. Ms. Hawk explained that extradition from Mexico is not cut and dry. If Delgado is located in Mexico, Mexican authorities would only agree to extradite Delgado back to Texas if the death penalty was not going to be a punishment sought by the prosecution.
Mexican authorities are cooperating with the FBI in the search for Brenda Delgado. A $100,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to the arrest of Delgado.
Brenda Berenice Delgado Reynaga, alias of Brenda Delgado, is of Hispanic ancestry. She is 5'5" and weighs approximately 145 pounds. Her hair color is black, and she has brown eyes. She has a distinguishing tattoo of a butterfly on the small of her back. Delgado is to be considered armed and dangerous.
If anyone has information on Brenda Delgado, they are asked to call the FBI at 800-225-5324. The FBI also accepts tips online through their website, found here.
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