D.C. – U.S. Marshals coordinated the apprehension and capture of
a “15 Most Wanted” fugitive Wednesday in Mexico. Geovany Rivera,
facing a murder charge in Texas, was detained by Mexican authorities
when a joint, international law enforcement effort located him in
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Mexican authorities deported Rivera and he was handed over to U.S.
Marshals in Laredo, Texas, Wednesday. Now that he is back on
American soil, Rivera will face the charges he was trying to outrun:
murder, two counts of sexual assault and unlawful flight to avoid
prosecution. Rivera is not the first U.S. fugitive to run to Mexico;
in the past year, 176 U.S. fugitives have been arrested in Mexico.
U.S. Marshals used their extensive investigative skills and
international law enforcement liaisons to help track down Rivera in
Mexico. The Mexican Policia Especial De Tamaulipas had an
indispensable role on the team that brought down this dangerous
"The capture of ‘15 Most Wanted’ fugitive Geovany Rivera could not
have been accomplished without the exceptional cooperation of
Mexican law enforcement. Yesterday, Mr. Rivera, like so many
fugitives before him, discovered that Mexican authorities will not
allow their country to be a safe haven for these wanted criminals,”
said U.S. Marshal LaFayette Collins.
Rivera was added to the U.S. Marshals “15 Most Wanted” fugitive list
a week ago. He is accused of murdering a clerk at a Texas game
store. Amber Belken, an EB Games store manager in San Antonio, was
found brutally murdered inside the store Jan. 29, 2007. Upon arrival
at the scene, detectives found Belken near the rear of the store
laying face down with a plastic bag over her head. An autopsy
performed by the Bexar County Forensic Science Center ruled the
cause of death was asphyxia.
For more than a year Belken’s alleged killer eluded detection, until
June when he purchased a .357-caliber handgun in Laredo, Texas.
Within days of making the purchase, Rivera is alleged to have
sexually assaulted and threatened to kill another victim.
The arrest of Rivera is the culmination of a cooperative
investigation conducted by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent
Offenders and Fugitive Task Force Laredo Division, U.S. Marshals
Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Marshals San Antonio, San
Antonio Police Department, Laredo Police Department and Mexican
The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force and the
Lone Star Fugitive Task Force are teams of law enforcement officers
from federal, state and local agencies in South Texas. The task
force’s objective is to seek out and arrest violent fugitives. Last
year, U.S. Marshals task forces located throughout the United States
arrested more than 58,000 state and local fugitives on felony
Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in
the apprehension of approximately 36,000 federal fugitives.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at
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