Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Suspect in New Jersey slaying makes FBI's Most Wanted list

Suspect in New Jersey slaying makes FBI's Most Wanted list

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A suspect wanted for a 2011 murder in New Jersey and who has ties to Virginia and Maryland has been added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

Gomez is wanted on a charge of murder in aid of racketeering in connection with May 15, 2011, killing of Julio Matute.

Timothy Gallagher, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Newark Division, said Gomez committed the crime as part of his attempt become a full member of Mara Salvatrucha, a violent global street gang better known as MS-13. The co-conspirator was arrested and ultimately convicted of Matute's murder.

But when agents went to arrest Gomez, he dove out a back window of the house and escaped, authorities said.

A federal warrant was issued for Gomez in September of 2013 after he was charged with committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering, according to the FBI.

Gallagher said he was "pleased" that Gomez had been added to the most wanted list and added, "we urge anyone with information related to this horrific crime to come forward".

"I am confident that Yovany Gomez's addition to the FBI's Most Wanted list will help bring this violent and unsafe fugitive to justice", acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said. Yovany-Gomez is known to have used a variety of aliases, including Cholo, Walter Rios Gomez, Walter Yovany Rios Gomez, and Geovany.

Gomez has not been seen in New Jersey since around the time of the murder and is believed to have fled the jurisdiction to avoid prosecution.

Gomez is described as having black hair, brown eyes, standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. The FBI warns people to not interact with Gomez directly but should contact their local FBI office or their law enforcement agency. Information should be submitted to 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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