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NJ Fugitive, on FBI's 10 Most Wanted, Captured

One of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, who was accused of a 2011 killing in New Jersey, was arrested in Virginia, authorities said. 

Walter Gomez was arrested without incident in Virginia on Friday evening, the FBI said. 

The FBI says Gomez and a co-conspirator in Plainfield struck Julio Matute in the head with a bat, sliced his throat and stabbed him in the back 17 times with a screwdriver because he was suspected of socializing with a rival gang. The co-conspirator was convicted in the slaying.

The FBI had offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of Gomez. 

“Tips all along had generated interest in the Washington, D.C., area and a tip from the general public placed him in northern Virginia,” said Tim Gallagher, FBI Newark Director. 

Gomez is expected to be extradited to Newark, Gallagher said. 

Published at 9:57 AM EDT on Aug 12, 2017 | Updated at 1:36 AM EDT on Aug 13, 2017

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