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October 09, 2008 District of Colorado, DUSM Gerard McCann
(720) 748-5026;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Fugitive Task Force Arrests Tulsa Homicide Suspect in Basalt
Basalt, CO – John Richard Beato, 22, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Basalt by members of the Fugitive Location and Apprehension Group (FLAG), the Basalt Police Department and deputy U.S. marshals from Denver and Grand Junction. Beato was wanted by the Tulsa, OK Police Department for the August, 2007 murder of 25-year-old Antonio Flores. Flores was found dead in his mobile home several days after he was killed. In June 2008, a warrant issued for Beato’s arrest. Tulsa PD homicide detectives requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals led Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force in the apprehension of Beato. Tulsa detectives and U.S. Marshals developed information that Beato might be living somewhere on the western slope. Tips and other investigative leads placed Beato anywhere from Basalt to Grand Junction.

The Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force contacted the U.S. Marshals sponsored FLAG Task Force based in the Denver metro area to assist in the investigation. Investigators from FLAG traveled to Glenwood Springs and Basalt and began tracking down leads. After exhausting several leads, investigators found that Beato was working at a local electrical company in Basalt and probably riding in one of their vehicles. Plain clothed investigators from
the task force and uniformed officers from the Basalt Police Department staked out locations
and waited for Beato to show up. Shortly after 5:30 yesterday afternoon, one of the Basalt
officers spotted the vehicle that Beato was believed to be riding in and used a ruse to contact
the driver and occupants. Beato was immediately identified as a passenger and taken into
custody without incident. He was transported to the Eagle County Jail where he is being held
pending extradition to Oklahoma. The Glenwood Springs and Carbondale Police Departments
also assisted in the investigation.

FLAG is a multi-agency fugitive task force comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals, Denver Police, Aurora Police, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Department of Corrections. FLAG coordinates the annual “50 Most Wanted” Round-Up and maintains a web page of Colorado’s twenty most wanted fugitives at

For more information on this and other fugitive cases, go to