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For Immediate Release

Contact:
October 10, 2012 Deputy U.S. Marshal Barry Golden, (786) 433-6382;
Supervisory Inspector Daniel Benson
Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force (202) 607-1548;
Southern District of Florida (786) 433-6340;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Add Homicide Suspect to 15 Most Wanted

**Update:  Felix Torrealba was Apprehended on December 20, 2012**  Read More

Felipe Alexander Torrealba (Captured)WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals Service added a homicide suspect to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive list today.

Felipe Alexander Torrealba is wanted for multiple crimes in various jurisdictions in Texas and Florida, including: homicide, aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, trafficking oxycodone, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, aggravated assault with a firearm and resisting officers with violence.

Torrealba is wanted by the Broward County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office for questioning in the murder of a 42-year-old man earlier this year.

Torrealba is a violent 26-year-old male with an extensive criminal history dating back to 2000. He has previously been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, carrying concealed firearms, battery, narcotics, larceny, fraud and failure to appear.

Torrealba has eluded capture on at least three occasions. On Jan. 2, the Sweetwater (Florida) Police Department conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle driven erratically by Torrealba. The officers discovered the vehicle was stolen and the driver had outstanding warrants for narcotics and assault charges. Torrealba grabbed a weapon from the driver’s side and fled from the scene in the stolen vehicle.
In April, the Brownsville (Texas) Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Torrealba, who provided the officers with a Texas driver’s license issued in his alias “Jose Alberto Rodriguez” and was released. In August, Torrealba departed a targeted location minutes before U.S. Marshals Service personnel arrived to arrest him.

On Sept. 26, Torrealba was involved in an altercation with two off-duty Miami-Dade police officers. Following a verbal dispute, Torrealba reportedly produced a handgun and began firing at them. Both officers were unharmed and Torrealba managed to get away.

“Torrealba is a violent career criminal, who not only poses a threat to the public but to law enforcement as well,” said David Harlow, Assistant Director of Investigative Operations for the U.S. Marshals Service. “It is imperative we utilize all available investigative measures to immediately locate and arrest Torrealba before he has the opportunity to offend again.”

Neil K. DeSousa, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Florida said, “The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force is dedicated to the apprehension of dangerous fugitives like Torrealba. With the assistance of our state and local law enforcement partners we will utilize all available resources until he is apprehended.”

Torrelabla is a Hispanic white male. He is 5’09” and weighs close to 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Torreabla has a tattoo on his neck with the word “Jillian” and has gold teeth.

Torrealba is considered armed and dangerous.

A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Torrealba’s arrest.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102 or the nearest American Embassy/Consulate.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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