FBI San Francisco
San Francisco Media Office
October 3, 2015

FBI Announces the Arrest and Capture of Fugitive Marcos Daniel Robles

A man wanted for his alleged participation in a shooting that killed a 4-year-old Watsonville girl has been arrested and taken into custody, announced David Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office.

Marcos Daniel Robles was wanted for his alleged participation in a shooting that occurred at a motel in Watsonville on October 10, 2014. At approximately 11:55 p.m., Robles allegedly shot and killed a rival gang member as he stood in the motel parking lot. Some of the rounds fired went into a nearby restaurant, where they struck and killed 4-year-old Jaelyn Zavala and wounded an innocent man.

In recent weeks, the FBI requested help from the public through press and social media. A tip was generated from an individual who saw the FBI’s reward offer on Facebook. The FBI in Guadalajara worked in conjunction with Mexican immigration and federal police to confirm the tip and subsequently arrest Robles, along with Samantha Teran, a woman believed to be his girlfriend. Teran is now facing charges for aiding Robles.

“The FBI’s capture of Robles was made possible because of the teamwork between federal, local, state, and international law enforcement agencies and the vigilant public,” said David Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office. “This case demonstrates the FBI will never stop its pursuit of fugitives. Criminals cannot evade justice by merely crossing a border.”

On February 18, 2015, the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz, issued an arrest warrant for Robles after he was charged with two counts of murder. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Robles on May 15, 2015, in the United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose, California, after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano said, “The news of Robles’ arrest for the charge of murder is a testament to the importance of our strong relationship with the FBI. Their agents and our detectives worked in concert with Mexican authorities to locate, capture and extradite a very dangerous fugitive”

Robles’ case had been profiled on the FBI San Francisco’s Most Wanted Website. Photos and descriptions of many fugitives wanted by the FBI can be found at www.fbi.gov.

Robles and Teran were transported back to the United States late last night. The FBI has since turned custody of the pair over to the Watsonville Police Department.

The FBI continues to work with local law enforcement to apprehend violent criminals charged with state crimes who then flee the jurisdiction interstate or internationally.