Oct 19, 2010 3 Comments ›› Grizz
Updated: Oct 19, 2010 6:20 PM
TUCSON – U.S. Marshals and Tucson Police have caught one of America’s most wanted fugitives after 9 years on the run.
U.S. Marhshals say Max Montijo-LaMadrid was caught today by Sonora State Investigative Police with the help of Marshals in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
Montijo-LaMadrid was wanted for the first-degree murder of Tanee Natividad, a 16-year-old Palo Verde High School student.
Tanee Natividad, allegedly shot and killed by Montijo-LaMadrid
In 2001, Marshals say Montijo-LaMadrid was at a fast food restaurant, seeking revenge for a friend that was shot and killed earlier.
Montijo-LaMadrid thought the person he was looking for was in the car that Natividad was riding in, and opened fire on it, hitting Natividad in the head and killing her, Marshals say.
Over the past 9 years, U.S. Marshals and Tucson Police pursued Montijo-LaMadrid.
Last week, a group of U.S. Marshals traveled to Hermosillo to coordinate with local police there and capture the fugitive.
Marshals say Montijo-LaMadrid evaded capture for 9 years by assuming other identites and moving frequently within Mexico.
David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona, stated that “the arrest of Montijo-LaMadrid was the direct result of the close working relationships developed with Mexican law enforcement officials and the U.S. Marshal Service”.
The fugitive will be transported to Mexico City to await extradition back to Pima County.
For more information on the U.S. Marshals Service Top 15 Fugitives, go to www.usmarshals.gov.