U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted
Murder Suspect Wanted for
Stabbing Ex-Wife, Former Cop 41 Times in Front of
Tip generated from John Walsh’s television
show leads to fugitive’s capture
- The manhunt for 15 Most Wanted fugitive Luis Octavio Frias ended last
night. A tip generated from the television show “In Pursuit with John Walsh”
led authorities to Jalisco, Mexico, where Frias was located and arrested at
approximately 7:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Frias, 34, allegedly stabbed his ex-wife, Janett Reyna, 41 times
in front of her young children in August 2013. Reyna, a former
police officer with the Blackwell (Oklahoma) Police Department, had
filed a protection order against Frias just two days prior to her
death. The Kay County (Oklahoma) Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant
for his arrest and sought the assistance of the U.S. Marshals to
“The arrest of Luis Octavio Frias allows a wounded community to
start healing and stands as a testament to the crucial role the
public plays in helping us locate and arrest dangerous fugitives,”
said U.S. Marshals Service Acting Deputy Director David Anderson.
“We especially thank John Walsh and his team for their commitment to
law enforcement and for featuring Frias on his show.”
The fugitive investigation for Frias gained momentum when an
anonymous tipster contacted the U.S. Marshals after watching the
fugitive’s profile on the television show. The information provided
allowed investigators to develop substantial information about his
possible whereabouts in Mexico. The U.S. Marshals’ Mexico Foreign
Field Office worked closely with Mexican authorities, who were able
to narrow the location to a suburb of the city of Guadalajara in
“Countless hours of collaborative investigative work and sheer
determination have finally brought Frias to justice,” said U.S.
Marshal Johnny Lee Kuhlman of the Western District of Oklahoma.
“With the help of our federal, state, local and international
partners, Frias’ arrest sends a strong, clear message to anyone
attempting to flee the country to avoid prosecution that justice has
When Frias arrived back on U.S. soil Thursday, U.S. Marshals used
the same handcuffs issued to Reyna by the Blackwell Police
Department to take the fugitive into custody.
“In so many ways, those handcuffs represented poetic justice not
only for the victim, but for her children, her brothers and sisters
in blue, and her community,” said Kuhlman.
Frias is currently in U.S. Marshals custody in Dallas awaiting
extradition back to Oklahoma..
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