Man Wanted For Murder and Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution Returned to U.S. After Capture, Extradition From Mexico

Santa Ana, Dec. 9, 2016 – A man suspected in a 2012 murder in Santa Ana was returned to the United States today, announced Deirdre Fike, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Jesus Canales Andrade, 23, was extradited to Los Angeles Thursday and turned over to the Santa Ana Police Department.  Andrade, a known gang member, was wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of a Santa Ana man in 2012.

Investigators with the Santa Ana Police Department identified the suspect shortly after the 2012 murder.  On February 8, 2012, a California State felony arrest warrant was issued in Orange County Superior Court for Canales after he was charged with murder, street terrorism, committing murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang, and intentionally discharging a firearm resulting in death.

When detectives with the Santa Ana Police Department determined that Canales fled the state of California, the FBI was asked to assist detectives in locating Canales.  A federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Central District of California, on July 27, 2012, after Canales was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Investigators developed information indicating that Canales was residing in Michoacan, Mexico.  Once Canales was located, the FBI’s Legal Attaché in Mexico City requested that officials with the Policia Ministerial Federal (PFM) take Andrade into custody pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant issued in the United States.  Canales was arrested by the PFM on July 14, 2016 in Colonia Centro, Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, and was transported to Mexico City where he would await extradition proceedings.

Canales was extradited and repatriated to the United States on Thursday, December 8, under escort by FBI Agents.  Canales was booked on the murder charge in Santa Ana and will be prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The fugitive investigation concerning Canales was conducted by the FBI’s  Violent Crimes Task Force in Orange County, with considerable assistance by the FBI’s Legal Attaché Office in Mexico City and Mexican law enforcement officials with the Policia Ministerial Federal.  The murder investigation continues to be investigated by detectives with the Santa Ana Police Department.

The United States government is expected to dismiss the federal warrant charging Canales.

The FBI continues to work with local law enforcement as well as counterparts in other countries to apprehend violent criminals charged with state crimes who then flee the jurisdiction to another state or country. Photos and descriptions of many fugitives wanted by the FBI can be found at www.fbi.gov.