Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’

edwin-rivera

  • Full Name: Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias
  • Aliases: Edwin Ernesto Rivera-Gracias, Ernest Rivera
  • Birthdate Used: July 4, 1984 / July 4, 1988
  • Date of Homicide: 08/17/11
  • Location of Crime: Jefferson County, CO
  • Country: United States
  • Possibly Location(s): El Salvador / Mexico / Guatemala /USA (has ties to Colorado and California)
  • Race: White/Hispanic Sex: Male
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 170 – 180 lbs (Medium/Slender build).
  • Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown 
  • Scars/Marks: Rivera Gracias has the following tattoos: “LA” on his right forearm; “Maria” on his left chest; “Nena” on his left hand (shown above); “El Salvador” down the back of his right arm; “503” down the back of his left arm; and “MS-13” across his back.
  • Occupation: Manual Labor

Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias is wanted for the murder of a long-time family acquaintance of his girlfriend. The 69-year-old victim was found brutally beaten, stabbed, and dumped in the mountains of Jefferson County, Colorado. The crime took place on August 17, 2011.
Rivera Gracias is believed to be in El Salvador, and may have a Salvadoran identification that says Edwin Rivera. He may also attempt to travel to the United States using fraudulent documents. He is a member of the La Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13). Rivera Gracias has ties to other gang members who are located in Colorado; Los Angeles, California; and El Salvador. Rivera Gracias may also visit Mexico and Guatemala.

Rivera Gracias is believed to be in El Salvador, and may have a Salvadoran identification that says Edwin Rivera. He may also attempt to travel to the United States using fraudulent documents. He is a member of the La Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13). Rivera Gracias has ties to other gang members who are located in Colorado; Los Angeles, California; and El Salvador. Rivera Gracias may also visit Mexico and Guatemala.

ABC News posted an article several days ago related to this case. To read the article, click here.

To share Rivera Gracias wanted poster on Facebook or Twitter, or to leave an online tip, click here.

FBI in Denver is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest and conviction of Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to contact:
Your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also contact you local police for immediate sightings.

Daniel-Leija

Authorities have been searching for a child rapist who has been on the run for over ten years.

Daniel Leija, now 50, is a former school bus driver from Yakima County, who has had a warrant out for his arrest for first degree child rape in Sunnyside, WA between the years 1997-2002.

The two victims, also residents of Sunnyside, were both females under the age of fifteen during the five-year period in which the crime occurred.

In 2002, both females went to Sunnyside Police Department to report the rapes they endured over a five-year period. Police then uncovered trunks and backpacks filled with over 100 videotapes recording the assaults. Leija was arrested and charged with multiple counts of rape and exploitation of minors and was held on $250,00 bail. However, Yakima Superior Court Judge Heather Van Nuys reduced his bail to $60,000 and he was released after relatives came up with the lower amount.

He immediately fled the area after his bail-release and hasn’t been seen since.

According to U.S. Marshals, who eventually took over the case, Leija was last known to be in Mexico.

It is believed that he is living under a different identity and has most likely altered his appearance.

Back when his bail was reduced, Leija was facing 18 counts of first degree rape and molestation, eight counts of second degree rape and molestation, two counts of third degree rape and molestation, 12 counts of sexual exploitation and with jumping bail.

Taylor-Wylie is a woman who lived with Leija in Sunnyside prior to his arrant. She says all of the sexual assaults counts are for actions he took against her daughters over a five-year period. She said in 2002 her daughters complained about Leija’s sexual assaults.

Wylie contends that Leija has made return visits to Sunnyside to visit family. She said his family claims he has since drowned, which she calls a “blatant lie.

Wylie’s daughters are now young adults but according to her, the wounds are still open.

“We try to go on, but the girls, they’re still drastically affected by it,” Taylor-Wylie said. “Anger, fear, tears… they’re so fragile.”

Taylor-Wylie says she and her four daughters, who now live in Bremerton, want to see Leija brought to justice.

Daniel Leija was recently featured on America’s Most Wanted, with the latest airing on October 12, 2012.

Daniel_Leija

Sex: Male
Race: Hispanic
Age then: 40
Current Age: 50
Height/Weight: 5’7” tall 190 pounds
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
Black
Eyes: Brown
Last Seen:
Yakima County , Sunnyside WA
Last Known Locations:
Yakima County , Sunnyside WA (and possibly Mexico)

 

Outdated mugshot photo of Leija with no facial hair

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact: U.S. Marshals by calling 509-654-5060

Above are photos of Jason Derek Brown, keep in mind, these photos were taken prior to the murder and one of the last CONFIRMED sightings claimed Brown looks different, with longer hair similar to the age-progressed photo below.

jason-derek-brown-wanted-fbiAge progressed photo showing what Jason Brown may look like at 43 years old.

Charges
  • Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution
  • First Degree Murder
  • Armed Robbery
Alias Jason D. Brown
Derek Brown
Greg Johnson
Harline Johnson
Greg Harline Johnson
John Brown
Jay Brown

Authorities having been searching for Jason Derek Brown, 43, who has been on the run since late 2004 when he shot an armored car guard and fled with stolen money in Phoenix, Arizona, right outside of a Phoenix movie theater.

Immediately after being named the suspect in the homicide, Brown fled Phoenix and went to Henderson, Nevada and later travelled to Las Vegas. While there, he had swapped his BMW for a black Escalade. In January, 2005, authorities found Brown’s Cadillac Escalade abandoned in the parking lot of Portland International Airport in Oregon.

The one-time Salt Lake City resident and Laguna Beach native who attended Laguna Beach High School, could now be taking advantage of Mormon church members to stay hidden from public view, the FBI’s lead agent on the case said.

Although Brown is described as a ‘show off’ who likes to party, authorities believe he could be hiding among the Mormon and say he is a ‘skilled liar’ who has a ‘surfer dude’  appearance and a common name which could help him easily blend in among a crowd. He also speaks fluent French and is a former Mormon who once served LDS mission in France.

On December 8, 2007, three years after his first degree murder charge, Brown was listed on FBI’s Most Wanted List as the 489th Most Wanted fugitive and FBI has been looking for him ever since. It’s now 2013 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has now upgraded him to FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives.

In 2005, less than one year after the murder, authorities received over 200 leads with the majority of leads being outside of Arizona, even some possible sightings in Canada. Most of the sightings haven’t been confirmed however, if it is then he could be on the move in any state.

The most recent confirmed sighting was in August 2008, when an acquaintance of Brown recognized him while they were stopped at a traffic light near Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Their mutual recognition prompted Brown to drive through the stoplight. Aware that Brown was a fugitive, the witness informed police of the sighting. According to him, Brown had longer hair and a deeper tan than in the 2004 photograph of his wanted poster. Brown is considered armed and extremely dangerous and those with a possible sighting should contact police immediately and avoid confronting Brown themself.

Date(s) of Birth Used: 
July 1, 1969;
January 17, 1971
Place of Birth: California
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 170 to 180 pounds
Build: Medium
Occupation: 
Golf Equipment Importer
Hair: Blond
Eyes: Green
Complexion: Light / Fair
Sex: Male
Race: White
Nationality: American
Possible Location(s): Brown has ties to California, Arizona, and Utah. In the past, he has traveled to France and Mexico. Additionally, he may be in the possession of a Glock 9mm and a .45 caliber handgun. 

Personality: Brown speaks fluent French and has a Master’s Degree in International Business. He is an avid golfer, snowboarder, skier, and dirt biker. Brown enjoys being the center of attention and has been known to frequent nightclubs where he enjoys showing off his high-priced vehicles, boats, and other toys. Brown was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and completed his Mormon mission near Paris, France.

There is a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Jason D. Brown.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI
Your local Police and FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also leave a tip on http://www.fbi.gov/

For a description of Brown and additional age enhanced photos, please click here.
Click Dailymail for a November 26, 2012 update regarding this case.
Brown’s case was featured on America’s Most Wanted with the latest airing on April 20, 2012 — Jason Derek Brown WIKI – Click the Wiki link for before and after information on Brown.
Real Name: Jayson Artis (pictured)
Nicknames/Alias: No Known Nicknames
Location of incident: Tijuana, Mexico
Date of incident: August 1, 1998
To watch the Unsolved Mysteries episode regarding the unexplained death of Jayson Artis, click: 
Published 10/31/12
TIJUANA, NEW MEXICO —
Twenty-year-old Jayson Artis and Michael Justin were both friends who attended the same college in Los Angeles, California. On August 1, 1988 the two decided to travel to Tijuana, Mexico for a party, along with Jayson’s younger brother Steve Thomas. They decided to go to Tijuana because it is one of Mexico’s most popular border towns for college students looking for fun at bargain rates.
But apparently a good time here can cost you your life.
About 9:00 pm, the three of them started hitting places that offered all you could drink for less than $5.00.  Jayson was usually friendly, but he had a reputation as a rowdy drinker. That night, he was already a little intoxicated and didn’t realize that tequila cost extra—$6.00 a shot.  Jason’s friend, Michael Justin, says that Jason got into an argument with the tequila vendor:
“Jayson didn’t want to give up the money, so I just said, ‘Jayson, give him the money. Just give him the money and let’s get out of here.’”
Jayson and Steven left Michael at the bar and went back to the strip.  Steven recalls what happened next:
“My strategy was to hurry up and find the car so we can go sit down. We’re kind of drunk, you know what I’m saying? Walking around Tijuana. We were walking down the street, and that’s when my brother accidentally bumped into a female officer.”
The officer seemed to be offended and made Jayson get on his knees. Eventually, the police let him go. Steven says he tried to get his brother to move on as quickly as possible:
“I told him, ‘Walk behind me. Come on. Let’s hurry up and try to find this car.’ He was, like, three or four yards behind me at first. That’s when I walked up some more to another block. I looked to the right, and I looked behind me and my brother wasn’t there. My first reaction was probably that he’s sitting down on a curb somewhere or sitting up against a building, anything like that…”
At approximately 1:30 a.m. Steven was looking for Jayson in the crowds of other partiers. They had become separated while heading back to their car.
“I thought he was just sitting down somewhere, resting. Or that maybe he turned down a different street,” recalls Thomas, who was 16 at the time. “All of us were finished, but he was past drunk. I was very worried that he probably went to jail.”
Soon after Steven lost sight of Jayson, Michael claims that he spotted him in the back of  a police car:
“I looked, and I said, ‘What is he doing in the back of a police car?’ They were the last people I saw Jayson with. I saw Jayson with my own eyes in the back of a police car, like I know my hand.”
That would be the last time either of the two would see Jayson alive.
Jayson was found, but not by Thomas. In the early hour Morning of August 2, 1998, at approximately 3a.m., a policeman discovered his bruised and bloodied body in an alley in Tijuana’s rundown “Zona Norte” section. His head was heavily damaged, and his chest bore bruises and broken ribs.
The American consulate sent word that he was located deceased. Tijuana Police told Jayson’s family that he must have gotten lost trying to get back to the border. They called it a ‘‘tragic hit-and-run accident.’‘ But Steven doubts that story:
“I believe that it had something to do with the police. I feel that for a fact. After Michael told me that he’d seen my brother in the back of a police car, there’s gotta be something up there.”
Infact all Jayson’s whole family believed that story didn’t add up.
“I really believe it in my heart that the police killed my son,” said Rose Arrington, Jayson’s mother. “There’s no doubt in my mind. And for somebody to beat somebody like that they had to be so angry.”
Arrington has mulled these facts every day since her son’s death: Jayson was prone to belligerence when under the influence, and was extremely intoxicated that evening. He had already had two run-ins with the police that night, and was last seen in a patrol car with four officers. Official explanation notwithstanding. His autopsy report showed that his lower body was almost entirely unscathed — injuries that many agree are inconsistent with a hit-and-run.
The dust long ago settled in the Tijuana alley where Jayson was found, a barren strip of dirt connecting two rows of car repair shops and abandoned buildings. And an investigation into his death stalled in 2000. But many years later, Jayson’s family and loved ones fear that the real story has been covered up by the Tijuana police department, and sloughed off in the shuffle of diplomacy by the American consulate.
For more of a detailed description on what happened that night, click: Answers to American’s death in Tijuana remain elusive.

 

Dannarriah Finley was four years old when she was abducted from her home in Orange, Texas. She was raped and strangled to death on July 4th, 2002. The little girls body was discovered on July 8, 2002, in an isolated area on Pleasure Island in Port Arthur, Texas, approximately 27 miles from her residence.

Police had few suspects but never had enough evidence to charge any of them. The case remains unsolved. $50,000 reward for information.

 

Article Below Published On July 4th, 2007 – 5 Years To The Day Of Dannarriah Finley’s Abduction

No arrest has been made in the July 4 disappearance and murder of 4-year-old Dannarriah Finley five years ago.

Her body was found four days later, July 8, 2002, about 27 miles from home by a pipeline inspector in a remote part of Pleasure Island in Port Arthur. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled before being left wrapped in a flowered bed sheet.

“It’s a horrendous case and the person needs to be brought to justice,” said John Kimbrough, Orange County district attorney. “I would like to see the case solved.”

Over the past five years the case has traveled back and forth between the district attorney’s office and the Orange Police Department. At times the DA’s office has requested additional information; investigators find the information and return it for review, said Chief Sam Kittrell of the Orange Police Department.

“We last sent the case over there about a year ago,” Kittrell said, adding the case is still not at a point to be presented to the grand jury, Kittrell said.

“The case is still open and is still reviewed,” Kittrell said. “We are looking for new forensic opportunities.”

Kittrell said he hopes new DNA techniques can help develop leads to Dannarriah’s killer.

“They are always developing techniques in the analysis of fibers with new microscopes and tests,” Kittrell said. “The new techniques are necessary in order to provide a degree of accuracy as to the source of the fiber.” (more…)