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For Immediate Release

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September 20, 2018

Craig Beam, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Kansas (913) 551-6581;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Northeast Kansas Most Wanted Murder Suspect Arrested in Mexico

Topeka, KS - The U.S. Marshals Service arrested 25 year old Kansas resident Fernando Diaz. The U.S. Marshals worked in coordination with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Customs and Border Protection Officers, Mexican Authorities, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office to arrest this dangerous fugitive. Diaz was wanted by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office for murder in the second degree. In July 2015, police were called to a shooting in the 500 block of SE Gray Street Topeka, KS, where they found the victim Christopher Galvan.

Diaz is a confirmed gang member and was also wanted for absconding from probation with original charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and interference with law enforcement.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in August of 2015, but Diaz fled the state of Kansas to avoid prosecution. Information was developed that Diaz was most likely residing in the country of Mexico. With the assistance of the U.S. Department of State, Customs and border Protection, Mexican Authorities, and Diplomatic Security Service, Diaz was located and arrested in Mexico. Diaz was eventually booked into the Harris County Jail where he will be held pending extradition back to Shawnee County, Kansas.

“This is a great example of federal and local resources working together to apprehend a dangerous gang member.” said United States Marshal Ronald Miller. The U.S. Marshals Service works together with many other agencies to arrest fugitives all over the world. The US Marshals Fugitive Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional fugitive task force comprised of the United States Marshals Service, Topeka Police Department, Kansas Department of Corrections, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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

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