Murder suspects wanted by the LAPD deported from Mexico to US Staff
Aug 21, 2011 | 7:42 p.m.

The FBI and the LAPD arrested two murder suspects last week wanted in separate cases in Los Angeles. Both suspects were arrested by Mexican authorities who acted on information provided by the LAPD and the FBI.

On Sunday, August 14th, Jose Luis Munoz, was arrested for the murder of Willie Thornton, 59, in Los Angeles which occurred on August 12, when Thornton was driving his vehicle near the intersection of Exposition Place and 7th Avenue in the Jefferson Park community of South Los Angeles. He was fatally wounded by two rounds from a firearm and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Munoz was immediately identified as the suspect and is believed to have fired on Thornton because he had been driving suspiciously. Shortly after the murder, the Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles acted on information provided by detectives and agents with the Save Our Streets Task Force (S.O.S.) who located Munoz in Mexico. Working with the FBI’s Legal Attaché in Mexico, Munoz was taken into custody by Mexican law enforcement officials and deported back to the United States. Munoz was handed over to the custody of the Task Force at the San Ysidro border and is currently in the custody of the LAPD. Munoz will be prosecuted by the District Attorney in Los Angeles.

In a second unrelated incident, Fernando DeJesus Ochoa, was handed over to the custody of the Fugitive Task Force after he was arrested in Tijuana by Mexican law enforcement officials on August 17. Ochoa was wanted for the January 2008 murder of Alfred McMullin which occurred in the Wilmington section of Los Angeles. In 2008, the LAPD obtained a warrant for Ochoa’s arrest for one count of murder. Detectives developed information that Ochoa had fled to Mexico with his family. In October 2009, the FBI obtained a warrant charging Ochoa with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. An investigation by the Fugitive Task Force led to Ochoa’s residence in Mexico. Ochoa was handed over to the custody of the Task Force at the San Ysidro border and was taken into custody by the LAPD.

The Munoz case is being investigated by the recently renewed Save Our Streets Task Force (S.O.S.), a 90-day initiative by LAPD Detectives and FBI Agents, formed to focus on unsolved homicides in the city of Los Angeles throughout the summer.

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4 Comments for “Murder suspects wanted by the LAPD deported from Mexico to US”

  1. bleek

    If they two guys were sent back to the US, then those Hispanics must be US Citizens, because if they were Mexican citizens they would not have deported them back to the US.


    good sh*% officers iam glad the scums got caught and off are streets

  3. JG

    The dude that’s on the Most Wanted poster is not the same guy that got arrested. Get it together !

  4. Anonymous

    Doesn’t really matter. The Death Penality for murderers isn’t used no matter what side of the border you’re on except for Texas.

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