Authorities apprehended a man in Mexico who has been on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for 17 years.
PFM (Policia Federal Ministerial) Interpol captured Fidel Urbina, 41, a Mexican citizen wanted for first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault in the U.S., on Sept. 22 in the Mexico state of Chihuahua, the FBI's Chicago field office said in a news release.
Urbina’s crimes occurred in 1998 in Chicago, Illinois, according to his wanted poster. He allegedly beat and raped one woman, and while out on bond, beat, raped and strangled another woman to death. Her body was found in the trunk of a car that had been set on fire.
Urbina is in custody in Mexico while extradition proceedings take place.
A worldwide manhunt for Urbina began in 1999 when he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution by the U.S. District Court in Chicago, the FBI notes. In 2006, a Mexican federal magistrate.signed a provisional arrest warrant.
“Fidel Urbina was wanted for his alleged role in two brutal attacks directed against innocent women,” Michael J. Anderson, special agent in charge of the FBI Chicago field office, said in a Sept. 23 statement. "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. The FBI is extremely appreciative of our law enforcement partners in Mexico, as well as our local, state, and federal partners, for their tremendous cooperation and collaboration in the capture of this Top Ten Fugitive.”
Urbina had been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list since 2012.
“I'd like to thank our federal partners at the FBI for their outstanding work in apprehending Fidel Urbina, whose merciless actions against innocent victims robbed one family of a daughter and left a permanent scar on a woman fortunate enough to survive his attack,” Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “Mr. Urbina’s capture should serve as a warning to violent offenders what can be accomplished through the combined weight of federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts.”
The FBI offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to Urbina's arrest. It is unknown whether the FBI has paid out the reward.