One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives has been arrested in Mexico and returned to Los Angeles to face charges of murder, kidnapping and rape, US officials said on Saturday.
Joe Luis Saenz, a reputed gang member, was taken into custody Thursday in Guadalajara following a joint operation with the Mexican government, said Bill Lewis, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles office. Mexican officials expect extradition proceedings to begin in the coming days. Saenz returned to Los Angeles on Friday evening.
Investigators said Saenz shot and killed two rival gang members in July 1998, in retaliation for an assault on one of his associates. Saenz then suspected Sigrieta Hernandez, his girlfriend and the mother of his daughter, was going to tell police about the slayings, investigators said. He is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing her less than two weeks later.