Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat TY Gus El Paso Times
Mexican law enforcement has captured the final fugitive sought by the El Paso FBI in connection with the U.S. Consulate murders case of 2010.
Luis Mendez was arrested by federal forces over the weekend in the city of Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City. The FBI in El Paso confirmed the arrest in a tweet Monday.
Authorities say Mendez is a former member of the Barrio Azteca gang and is reputed to be one of the founders of the Juárez cartel breakaway crime organization named La Empresa (The Company).
He was identified in Mexican news reports as Luis Gerardo Mendez, alias “El Tio” (the uncle).
Mendez, who is also known as “El 58,” “Alex” and “Narizon,” is wanted in the U.S. on several federal charges, including murder, racketeering and drug conspiracy.
Mendez, 44, is accused of being one of the Aztecas involved in the killing of three people associated with the U.S. Consulate in Juárez on March 13, 2010.
Two months ago, the FBI publicized Mendez on the 10th anniversary of the deaths, which occurred during the war between the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels.
On that day in 2010, Aztecas opened fire on two separate white SUVs that left a children’s party at about the same time in Juárez.