FBI, This Week: Jesus Roberto Munguia Added to Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

November 13, 2017

Update: Jesus Roberto Munguia was arrested without incident in Mexico in the early morning hours of February 15, 2018 as a direct result of a citizen recognizing him from his wanted poster.

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2/15/18 Update: Jesus Roberto Munguia was arrested early this morning without incident by Mexican authorities in Pajacuarán, Michoacán, Mexico, as a direct result of a citizen recognizing him from his wanted poster. Details

Mollie Halpern: A gang member who allegedly murdered his estranged wife and locked his children in a room is the latest addition to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

Jesus Roberto Munguia threatened to kill his estranged wife Sherryl when he learned she was romantically involved with another man.

He carried out his threat in Las Vegas on July 2, 2008 when he convinced Sherryl to return home with their four children.

Special Agent Andrew Attridge says Munguia locked the children in a back bedroom and then forced Sheryl into her car. He then drove them away...

Andrew Attridge: He bound her hands with the seat belts, wrapped her neck with jumper cables around the head rest of the back seat, and tried to strangle her with those jumper cables.

Halpern: Munguia repeatedly hit his wife in the face and head with what investigators believe to be a tire jack, killing her. Shortly afterward, he took off—abandoning his children who were still locked in the bedroom.

Munguia has a tattoo on his chest that reads “My Baby Jessica”—the name of his oldest daughter. He also has a tattoo of a teardrop near his left eye.

Attridge: Another distinguishing characteristic is that he is missing his right index finger.

Halpern: Munguia uses several aliases such as Mono, Chuy, and Miguel, which is the name of his dead brother.

Munguia speaks Spanish and has ties to Los Angeles and Bakersfield, California. He may be hiding in Tijuana, Mexico.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to Munguia’s arrest. Report tips to 1-800-CALL-FBI.

With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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