|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2008
Deputy U.S. Marshal Tom Smith
Western District of Texas (210) 722-0796
U.S. Marshals Service, Office of
HE RAN BUT HE COULDN’T HIDE
U.S. MARSHALS CAPTURE “15 MOST WANTED” SAUCEDA IN MEXICO
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Marshals
coordinated the apprehension and capture of a “15 Most Wanted”
fugitive Saturday in Mexico. David Sauceda, a jail escapee facing
murder charges, was detained by Mexican authorities when a joint,
international law enforcement effort found him in Tangacicuaro,
The long arm of the law reached across international borders to
secure the alleged murderer and known Mexican Mafia member back into
custody. Now that he is back on American soil, Sauceda will face the
charges he was trying to outrun: murder, armed robbery, home
invasion and escape.
U.S. Marshals used their extensive investigative skills and
international law enforcement liaisons to track down Sauceda in
Mexico. Mexico Immigration officials supported by Michocan State
Judicial Police played an essential role on the team that brought
down this dangerous fugitive.
U.S. Marshals from the Mexico City Foreign Field Office accompanied
by Mexican law officers had Sauceda’s residence under surveillance
when he was seen leaving the residence at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. When
Mexican law officers approached him, Sauceda began to flee on foot
but didn’t get far and was taken into custody after a short scuffle.
"The capture of 15 Most Wanted fugitive David Sauceda could not be
accomplished without a joint U.S./Mexico law enforcement effort.
Yesterday, Mr. Sauceda found out the long arm of the law can find
you wherever you try to hide," said John F. Clark, Director of the
United States Marshals Service.
Sauceda landed on the U.S. Marshals “15 Most Wanted” list in
December 2007 after he escaped from a Texas jail Oct. 28, 2007. He
was in jail awaiting trial for an alleged crime spree in late 2006.
During the crime spree, Sauceda allegedly killed a man by shooting
him in the head and then running him over with a vehicle. Sauceda
and four accomplices then reportedly chased down a witness and shot
him twice and stabbed him multiple times. During a home invasion six
days later, Sauceda allegedly duct-taped a 59-year-old woman before
stealing her cash, jewelry, an ATM card and a Ford Explorer. The
following day, law enforcement officials arrested him.
U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting
organization. For more information, go to www.usmarshals.gov.