Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2017

Reward offered in search for fugitive who may be in Mexico

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This press release issued by the FBI Field Office in Seattle was distributed May 17 by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City . If the public has any information they may also contact the U.S Embassy switchboard 555-080-2000.

Rewards offered for information on Santiago Villalba Mederos.

The FBI and Tacoma Police Department are seeking the public’s help in locating a fugitive whom investigators believe is responsible for murders in the Tacoma, Washington area. Santiago “Pucho” Villalba Mederos, 25, may be in Mexico and speaks both English and Spanish. Villalba Mederos is known to have family living in the Las Grutas, Guerrero and Cuernavaca, Morelos areas of Mexico and also has ties to Washington State.

A reward of up to $20,000 is offered for information that leads to the arrest and extradition of Villalba Mederos.

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Villalba Mederos is a member of the Eastside Lokotes Sureno (ELS) gang and is wanted for his alleged involvement in several crimes committed in 2010 in Tacoma, Washington. On February 7, 2010, Villalba Mederos purportedly took part in the planning and execution of retaliatory actions on rival gang members. While looking for potential targets, Villalba Mederos reportedly encountered two innocent victims, not involved in any gang activity, in their car stopped at a stoplight. Due solely to the color of their vehicle, the brother and sister victims were chased while in their vehicle and, when they stopped at another stoplight, Villalba Mederos allegedly fired multiple shots into the car, killing the 18-year-old girl and seriously wounding her brother. On December 3, 2010, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Villalba Mederos with Murder in the First Degree, Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree in the Superior Court of Washington and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Villalba Mederos was allegedly involved in violent criminal activity again on March 25, 2010, when he and other gang members purportedly went to collect money from a person they knew. According to investigators, Villalba Mederos and other gang members broke into and ransacked that person’s vehicle. Several innocent bystanders observed this situation and confronted the group. A fight ensued during which Villalba Mederos allegedly fired a single gunshot towards the bystanders, striking and killing an innocent 25-year-old male victim. On March 30, 2010, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Villalba Mederos with Murder in the Second Degree in the Superior Court of Washington and an additional warrant was issued for his arrest.

On September 30, 2016, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Villalba Mederos in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington, Tacoma, Washington, after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Tacoma Police Department is investigating the murders and other criminal activity. The FBI is assisting with the international investigation. The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed the charges as part of this collaborative effort to seek justice for the victims.

For more information, please contact:

Tacoma Police Department

Officer Loretta Cool, Public Information Officer
lcool@cityoftacoma.org, 253-591-5968

FBI Seattle Division

Ayn Dietrich-Williams, Media Coordinator

ayn.dietrich@ic.fbi.gov, 206-262-2390

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