FBI Milwaukee nabs top 10 fugitive after 16-year search

by mcardinal

Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News


Late last week, the FBI’s Milwaukee Division led the charge as numerous law enforcement agencies from the U.S. and Mexico brought into custody a man who had been on the run since 2006.

Michael E. Hensle, Special Agent in Charge of the Milwaukee Division, confirmed in a press release that officers had arrested Octaviano Juarez-Corro, a man they say opened fire at a Memorial Day event in Wisconsin in the mid-00s. The shooting left two people dead and three more wounded.   

Among the injured was Juarez-Corro’s estranged wife, who police say was shot twice in the chest, an attack she survived.

“Octaviano Juarez-Corro spent the last 16 years running from law enforcement, hiding in another country, and believing time and distance was on his side,” Hensle of the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office said. “The FBI has a long reach and extraordinary law enforcement partnerships across the globe. I commend the tireless efforts of all our partners from Milwaukee to Mexico in closely coordinating with the FBI in capturing this wanted fugitive and helping to bring this violent offender to justice, as well as closure to the victims and their families.”

According to Hensle, investigators acted on a public tip and traced Juarez-Corro to Zapopan, which is in Guadalajara, Mexico. They then joined forces with the FBI’s International Operations Division, Legal Attaché Office in Mexico City, and Mexico’s Attorney General Office to arrest him.

News of Juarez-Corro’s arrest was welcome in local law enforcement circles.

“The Milwaukee Police Department appreciates all of the efforts by the FBI and assisting law enforcement agencies involved in the apprehension of Octaviano Juarez-Corro,” Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said. “With his capture, we are one step closer to bringing justice and closure to the victims, the victims’ families and everyone that was impacted by this tragic incident.”

As of this writing, Juarez-Corro has not yet been officially removed from the agency’s list of top 10 fugitives, on which he was listed as No. 10. The No. 1 most-wanted fugitive in the nation is Rafael Caro-Quintero, who is wanted in connection with the kidnap and murder of a federal officer.