FBI Grateful for Nicaraguan Collaboration to Capture Fugitive

By Dialogo
April 25, 2013

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) congratulated the Nicaraguan government on April 23 for the “crucial role they played” in capturing one of the agency’s ten most wanted fugitives, according to a statement in Managua.

In Washington, Assistant Director Valerie Parlave thanked the Nicaraguan Police and Immigration Service for their cooperation in capturing Eric Justin Toth, the U.S. Embassy in Managua told the press.

On April 22, Nicaragua deported Toth, a teacher wanted by the FBI for possessing and producing child pornography and child abuse, to the United States.

Toth was in the FBI’s most wanted list after Osama bin Laden’s death, and was detained on April 20 in the northern Nicaraguan city of Estelí, where he was hiding since October, after entering Nicaragua with a fake passport.

A court in Columbia, South Carolina requested his capture in 2008, and in April 2012 he was included on the “FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List for 2012,” according to the statement.

“A recent clue led police authorities to Nicaragua, where Toth was living under an alias” and was found after making a purchase, the report added.

“His arrest was the result of an exhaustive and well-coordinated investigation” between the FBI, the U.S. Embassy Security Service in Managua, and the Nicaraguan Police, the report said.

Nicaraguan Police Director Aminta Granera told the press that they did not find any evidence proving that Toth perpetrated abuses or produced child pornography in the country, and “a mole under his eye” helped confirm his identity.

She also assured that the Nicaraguan Police did not claim the $100,000 reward offered by the FBI for his capture, since it was a bilateral cooperation action.