Authorities capture alleged New Jersey gang member, one of FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives

Walter Yovany Gomez (FBI)

The FBI confirms that Walter Yovany Gomez, one of its 10 Most Wanted fugitives, has been captured in Virginia.

He was wanted in connection with a brutal murder that was allegedly part of an MS-13 initiation.

Gomez is a notorious alleged gang member who was indicted four years ago.

He was arrested without incident. The FBI is crediting public assistance.

Authorities say Gomez and another man murdered a fellow gang member, Julio Matute, inside a home in 2011.

Gomez and the 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, apparently because Matute was suspected of socializing with a rival gang.

The co-conspirator was subsequently apprehended, charged and found guilty for the Matute homicide.

"The apprehension of Walter Yovany Gomez is a prime example of the close coordination between the public and law enforcement," said FBI spokesman Michael Whitaker. "Gomez will now stand trial for his alleged involvement for a brutal murder, which took a young man from his family."

Gomez is being held in Virginia, awaiting extradition to New Jersey where he was indicted.
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