CHICAGO – After eight years on the run, a Chicago man who is one of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” is now in custody, announced Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Chicago Field Office. Mr. Anderson is joined by Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Eddie Johnson; Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart; Acting United States Attorney Joel Levin; and Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx in announcing this arrest.
Luis Macedo was taken into custody on Saturday, August 26, 2017, without incident in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, by Mexican Jalisco Immigration Agents, in close coordination with the FBI Legal Attaché office at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Macedo was placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list in May of 2016. Macedo is currently in the custody of the FBI and will be turned over to local authorities upon arrival in Chicago.
Macedo, 29, whose last known address was in Oak Lawn, Illinois, was wanted in connection with the May 1, 2009, death of fifteen-year-old Alex Arellano, who was brutally beaten, shot, and then set on fire by several alleged Latin Kings street gang members. On July 21, 2009, Macedo was charged with one count of first degree murder in the Circuit Court of Cook County. A Federal arrest warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued by the U.S. District Court of Chicago on May 27, 2010.
“The atrocious violent acts committed by Luis Macedo, and his unwise decision to evade law enforcement, are the reasons why the FBI has established a ‘Ten Most Wanted’ list,” said FBI Chicago Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Anderson. “The FBI will continue to devote all necessary resources to bringing these dangerous individuals to justice.”
“The apprehension of Luis Macedo for the barbaric acts he committed in Chicago is one of the best examples of how partnership at every level of government can work together to make our city safer,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “I would like to thank the FBI for their tireless pursuit of Mr. Macedo and for helping us to hold him accountable for his actions.” The search for Macedo was coordinated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, which is comprised of FBI Special Agents, Detectives from the Chicago Police Department, and Cook County Sheriff’s Police Investigators.
Macedo was the 507th person to be placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, which was established in 1950. Additional information concerning Macedo and the FBI’s list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” can be found by visiting the FBI’s website at www.fbi.gov
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