CHICAGO -- A suspect in a Chicago teen's murder and a man wanted in the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend have been added to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list, FBI Director James B. Comey announced Thursday.
Luis Macedo, 28, of Oak Lawn, Ill., is suspected of taking part in the 2009 killing of 15-year-old Alex Arellano, who was beaten and shot before his body was set on fire, according to the FBI. Philip Patrick Policarpio, a convicted felon, is wanted in the April murder of his girlfriend and her unborn fetus in Los Angeles.
Thursday, the fugitives became the 507th and 508th additions to the "Top Ten" list. In both cases, the reward for information that leads to an arrest is up to $100,000.
In the Chicago case that Macedo is being sought in, Arellano was killed on July 1, 2009, after he had gone to a neighborhood miles from where he lived in the hopes of meeting girls he'd communicated with online, media accounts at the time said. As he walked down the street on his way to a friend's house with three girls, he was confronted by members of the Latin Kings street gang. They demanded that he give the gang's sign. But the teenager said he was not a member of the gang and even lifted up his shirt to show them that he had no gang tattoos, authorities said at the time.
His attackers beat him with baseball bats and then chased him into an unoccupied home after he ran away. There, they shot him in the head and set him on fire, prosecutors have said.
Though Macedo hasn't been seen in years, authorities believe he is somewhere in the southeastern United States or Mexico.
"We are trying to shine a very bright, very hot light on Macedo," Comey said.
Macedo replaces Brenda Delgado on the list. Delgado was wanted for the killing of her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend in Texas and arrested in Mexico last month. Delgado faces charges of capital murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in connection with the September death of Dr. Kendra Hatcher, a dentist.
Policarpio replaces Glen Stewart Godwin. Godwin is being sought for his 1987 escape from Folsom State Prison in California, where he was serving a sentence for murder. Later that year, he was arrested for drug trafficking and imprisoned in Mexico, but in 1991 he murdered a fellow inmate and escaped five months later, according to the FBI.
He is still at large. An FBI spokeswoman said in rare cases, fugitives are removed from the list without being caught -- she said Godwin no longer fit the criteria for the list.
According to the FBI Los Angeles, on April 12, Policarpio got into an argument with his girlfriend, who was 17 weeks pregnant. He allegedly beat the woman with his fists and then shot her in the head, killing her instantly.
At the time of the killing, Policarpio was on parole for a conviction in 2001.The FBI says Policarpio fled and may have traveled to Las Vegas or possibly the Philippines, where he has family.
Anyone with information is asked to contact their local FBI office or submit a tip online. The FBI says 508 people have been on the list, which was established in March 1950, and 475 fugitives have since been apprehended.