FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Walter Yovany Gomez was arrested without
incident on Friday, August 11, 2017, in Woodbridge, Virginia, as a
result of a well-coordinated investigation and tips received from the
On the morning of May 8, 2011, Julio Matute was allegedly
murdered by Walter Yovany Gomez and a co-conspirator. Both men were
identified members of the Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha (PLS) gang, a New
Jersey branch of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) transnational gang. Gomez
and his co-conspirator allegedly struck Matute in the head with a
baseball bat, sliced his throat, and stabbed him in the back 17 times
with a screwdriver, allegedly because Matute was suspected of
socializing with a rival gang. The co-conspirator was subsequently
apprehended, charged, and found guilty for the Matute homicide.
federal arrest warrant was issued for Gomez in the United States
District Court, District of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, on September
19, 2013, after he was charged with violent crime in aid of
racketeering. Gomez was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
list on April 12, 2017.
"The apprehension of Walter Yovany Gomez
is a prime example of the close coordination between the vigilant public
and the hard working men and women of law enforcement," stated Timothy
Gallagher, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Newark Division. "Gomez
will now stand trial for his alleged involvement in a brutal murder
which took a young man from his family."
The FBI Washington Field
Office’s Violent Crimes Task Force, the Fairfax County Police
Department’s Gang Unit, and the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force
coordinated the local search and arrest of Gomez, who will remain in
custody pending extradition proceedings.
The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted
Fugitives list was established in March of 1950. Since then, 514
fugitives have been placed on the list, and 482 (to include Gomez) have
been apprehended or located; 161 of them as a result of citizen
cooperation. Gomez was the 513th person to be placed on the list.
Additional information concerning Gomez and the FBI’s list of “Ten Most
Wanted Fugitives,” can be found at www.fbi.gov/wanted.