#UK US Most Wanted Man FINALLY caught: Bodybuilding ex-Marine, 36, found teaching English in El Salvador #UKnews
US Most Wanted Man FINALLY caught: Bodybuilding ex-Marine, 36, is found teaching English in El Salvador after six years on the lam for strangling his girlfriend to dying on journey to San Diego
- Raymond ‘RJ’ McLeod was arrested by police in El Salvador on Monday and handed over to US Marshals
- The 36-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona is needed for the homicide of his girlfriend Krystal Mitchell, 30, in San Diego in June 2016
- McLeod fled by means of Mexico to Central America after Mitchell’s dying, and was noticed in Belize in 2018 and Guatemala in 2017
- The former Marine was in April 2021 added to the US Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted listing – the primary individual to have an preliminary reward of as much as $50,000
A former Marine thought of so harmful he was set the highest-ever bounty by U.S. Marshals has been captured in El Salvador after six years on the run.
Raymond ‘RJ’ McLeod, 36, was found teaching English in the 71,000-inhabitant metropolis of Sonsonate, 20 miles inland from the Pacific coast.
The Marshals in April 2021 added him to their listing of 15 ‘Most Wanted’, and supplied a reward of $50,000 for info resulting in his arrest – double the same old quantity.
He was hunted for the June 2016 homicide of his new girlfriend Krystal Mitchell, 30, in an residence they have been staying in whereas visiting his associates in San Diego.
Raymond ‘RJ’ McLeod is pictured on Monday in El Salvador, after he was arrested following six years on the run
McLeod was described as armed, harmful, an ‘avid bodybuilder’ and ‘heavy drinker’
Krystal Mitchell, 30, from Phoenix, had solely been relationship McLeod for just a few weeks when he killed her
She was found strangled, after they’d visited a bar and McLeod received into an argument with one other man, additionally an ex-Marine. All three have been kicked out of the bar. McLeod and Mitchell returned to the rental residence, and Mitchell was found useless the following day, with apparent indicators of a wrestle.
McLeod, who investigators stated had a historical past of violence, went on the run – touring by means of Mexico into Central America.
He was noticed in Guatemala in 2017, and in Belize the next 12 months.
Marshals appealed for assist, however warned he was thought of ‘armed and harmful’ – and described him as ‘an avid physique builder and a heavy drinker’.
When he was added to the Top 15 listing, in 2021, Marshal Steve Stafford of the Southern District of California stated they’d by no means surrender.
McLeod is seen on Monday after he was arrested by Salvadoran police
Marshals stated that McLeod was recognizable from his distinctive cranium tattoos
The former Marine was residing in Phoenix, Arizona on the time he went on the run
Mitchell is pictured along with her mom, Josephine Wentzel, a retired detective, who labored on the case
‘The passage of time won’t ever deter the Marshals’ fugitive investigation for McLeod,’ he stated.
‘If something, it fuels our dedication. We will go away no stone unturned till he is delivered to justice.’
Mitchell’s mom, a former detective, Josephine Wentzel, got here out of retirement to assist monitor down her daughter’s alleged killer, and thanked Frankie Sanchez, the regional U.S. Marshals Task Force Chief, and his colleague Francisco Barajas for his or her ‘wonderful work’.
‘I’ve had religion and belief in them, and ever since assembly Francisca Barajas, I had full confidence that this present day would come, and he can be the one to catch him,’ she stated.
‘I informed him, ‘You are my hero. We are bonded for all times.’