MEXICO CITY -- Prosecutors in Mexico say they have detained one of the FBI’s 10 most-wanted fugitives after 17 years on the run -- a Mexican citizen sought for kidnapping, rape and homicide charges in Chicago, Illinois.
The federal attorney general’s office said Thursday that Fidel Urbina was detained on a U.S. extradition warrant in a tiny hamlet named “El Polvo” in a remote part of the border state of Chihuahua. He was taken into custody without incident Thursday by Interpol and Policia Federal Ministerial.
According to the FBI wanted poster, Urbina is wanted for allegedly beating and raping a woman in March of 1998.
“While out on bond, he also allegedly beat, raped and strangled a second woman to death in October of 1998. Her body was later found in the trunk of a vehicle that had been burned,” according to the FBI.
He’s been the subject of a worldwide manhunt since 1999, when he was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
“Many family members have waited a long time for this day to come and they deserve the opportunity to face the accused in a court of law,” Michael Anderson, special agent in charge of the FBI Chicago office, said in a statement.
Urbina was added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list in 2012. He’s expected to remain in custody pending extradition proceedings.