Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Suspect in 2002 murderer arrested in Mexico

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Jody P. Weis, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD); and Thomas Dart, Cook County Sheriff, announced today the arrest of JOSE L. GONZALEZ, age 27, whose last known address was 10328 South Avenue M in Chicago. GONZALEZ was arrested earlier this month, without incident, by members of the Mexican Federal Agency of Investigations (AFI) in the City of Jamay, State of Jalisco.
GONZALEZ was wanted for the October 2002 murder of a Chicago man, Francisco Moreno, in an apparent case of mistaken identity. GONZALEZ has been the subject of an international manhunt, coordinated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), since August of 2003 after being charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one (1) count of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution, which is a felony offense. Gonzalez had previously been charged in Cook County Circuit Court with one (1) count of First Degree Murder.
According to the complaint, GONZALEZ allegedly fired at the driver of a car as it was passing through the intersection of 103rd Street and
Avenue M, striking and fatally wounding Moreno. Subsequent investigation by the Chicago Police Department identified GONZALEZ as the shooter, indicating that he thought Moreno was a member of a rival street gang. Shortly after the shooting, GONZALEZ is believed to have fled the state to avoid apprehension.
Investigation conducted by the FBI’s VCTF helped lead to the location and arrest of GONZALEZ by Mexican authorities.
GONZALEZ is being held in Mexico, pending his extradition to the United States. When returned to Chicago, GONZALEZ will be turned over to local authorities where he will face charges of First Degree Murder.
The Chicago FBI’s VCTF is comprised of FBI Special Agents, Detectives from the CPD, and Investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department.
The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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