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Joe Saenz, one of FBI's most-wanted fugitives, arrested in Mexico for murder, kidnapping and rape, officials say

Joe Luis Saenz Date added: Oct. 19, 2009 Wanted for murder, kidnapping, rape, parole violation Joe Saenz is wanted for allegedly shooting and killing two rival gang members in Los Angeles on July 25, 1998. Less than two weeks later, Saenz allegedly kidnapped, raped, and murdered his girlfriend on Aug. 5, 1998. Saenz is also a suspect in the October 2008 murder of a fourth victim in Los Angeles County. Saenz is believed to work for a Mexican drug cartel, and is known to travel between the United States and Mexico. He is believed to always carry a weapon. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Joe Saenz
Federal Bureau of Investigation

(CBS/AP) MEXICO CITY - A Los Angeles man listed in the FBI's most-wanted fugitives list was arrested by Mexican federal police Thursday on murder, kidnapping and rape charges.

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U.S. officials in California said 37-year-old Joe Saenz was taken into custody in the western city of Guadalajara late Thursday and flown to Los Angeles on Friday. There was a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.

The FBI said Saenz is accused in the shooting deaths of two rival gang members in Los Angeles in July 1998. He then allegedly kidnapped, raped and murdered his girlfriend less than two weeks later. Saenz is also accused of a fourth murder in Los Angeles County in October 2008. 

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