July 15, 2012- A fugitive, who has been eluding authorities for close to 24 years and on the most-wanted list, was captured in the Mexican resort city of Cancun. Vincent Walters was wanted by authorities for a kidnapping and murder that took place in 1988. He is accused of killing Christina Reyes allegedly in a drug deal that went bad.
U.S. Marshalls said that Walters was caught in a DEA undercover operation that involved a deal from methamphetamines for over $200,000. One of the business associates of Walters became paranoid over the deal and handed the allotment of drugs off to another dealer. Walters tracked down the dealer looking to recover the drugs, but the meth had already been given to Jay Bareno, a friend.
Walters, allege authorities, kidnapped the dealer, a friend of the dealer and Reyes, the friend’s girlfriend. He demanded that the drugs be given back to him in exchange for the release of the three. While being held hostage, Reyes died after being gagged with a rag that had been saturated with chemicals, said authorities.
The two other hostages were freed once Walters was given the drugs. Walters’ brother took part in the kidnapping and was captured shortly after the incident and convicted for kidnapping and murder.
Authorities were able to finally track Walters down in Cancun where he lived under the assumed name of Oscar Rivera and worked at the international airport. Authorities from Mexico worked together with the U.S. Marshalls to arrest Walters on Friday.