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For Immediate Release

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May 23, 2013 Jose A. Figueroa, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Public Affairs Officer, District of Puerto Rico (939) 397-6099
U.S. Marshals Led Puerto Rico Violent Offenders Task Force Apprehends Alleged
Homicide Fugitive Running for 17 Years

PRVOTF LogoSan Juan, PR - On May 22, the U.S. Marshals Service led Puerto Rico Violent Offenders Task Force arrested Federico Rivera-Ortiz, aka "Guillermo Manson." This fugitive was wanted by the New Orleans Police Department for an alleged homicide committed in the year 1996. It is alleged that Rivera-Ortiz gunned down his former wife in New Orleans, in an incident of domestic violence gone cold after many years. After committing the alleged murder, Rivera-Ortiz fled Louisiana to Rhode Island where he was arrested by the local authorities in possession of a handgun. Subsequent ballistic comparisons of the handgun and fingerprints retrieved from the handgun identified the firearm as the murder weapon allegedly used by Rivera-Ortiz in the New Orleans homicide.

It is unknown when Rivera-Ortiz moved to the island of Puerto Rico, but it is believed that it was shortly after his arrest in Rhode Island. After 17 years, Deputies developed information based on an informant's tip, that Rivera-Ortiz was suspected to be homeless, living on the streets of the town of Carolina. Working together with the Puerto Rico Police Department and acting on the information obtained, Deputies were able to locate and arrest the fugitive. Rivera-Ortiz was transferred to the Puerto Rico Police Department Extradition Unit to commence the process of extradition back to Louisiana.

"Captures such as this one remind us all of the substantial efforts and diligence put forth by the Marshals to apprehend the most dangerous of criminals no matter how much time has passed, and to help bring closure to the victims," said Orlando Rivera, U.S. Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico.

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

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