After more than three decades on the run, a fugitive wanted in connection with a 1991 murder in Massachusetts has finally been apprehended. According to a statement from the Massachusetts State Police, 50-year-old Mario R. Garcia was arrested at a shrimp farm in Guatemala, where he had been operating under an alias.
The arrest was the result of a multi-agency investigation that began after a clue emerged earlier this year suggesting that Garcia was living in Iztapa, a coastal town located approximately 100 kilometers from the capital.
The search for Garcia has been ongoing since he was accused of stabbing Ismael Recinos-Garcia to death during a fight in Attleboro, Massachusetts in November 1991. After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Garcia disappeared and became a fugitive.
The Massachusetts State Police, along with several other domestic and international law enforcement agencies, spent more than 30 years searching for Garcia before finally receiving a lead that he was in Guatemala. An arrest team coordinated by multiple law enforcement agencies was deployed to the shrimp farm where Garcia was believed to be hiding.
According to the statement from the Massachusetts State Police, Garcia attempted to evade capture by jumping into a body of water at the farm but was ultimately apprehended and taken into custody. “Garcia attempted to evade capture by jumping into a body of water at the shrimp farm but was apprehended and placed into custody,” the release states.
The arrest of Garcia
The arrest of Garcia is being hailed as a major victory for the Massachusetts State Police and for the pursuit of justice. "We don't forget, we are persistent, and we never cease in our efforts to secure justice for victims," Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher S.
Mason said. "The fact that we were able to reach into Guatemala to hold accountable someone who committed a homicide in Massachusetts is a result of both tenacious police work and the value of our relationships with local, federal and international partners." This case serves as a reminder that law enforcement will not give up in their pursuit of justice and will go to great lengths to bring fugitives to justice, no matter how long it takes or where they may be hiding.
Garcia has been on the run since he was 19, and is accused of stabbing Ismael Recinos-Garcia to death during a fight in Attleboro in November 1991, the release said. He disappeared after the warrant was issued. Massachusetts police said one of their units learned in 2014 that Garcia "may have fled to a remote area of his native Guatemala." "We are glad that the victim, Ismael Recinos-Garcia, will finally have justice be brought forth for this senseless murder," Attleboro Police Chief Kyle P.
Heagney said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones." District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn confirmed that Garcia will be extradited from Guatemala and prosecuted for Recinos-Garcia's murder in Bristol County, Massachusetts.