Mexico Captures One of FBI’s 10 Most Wanted

By Dialogo
June 20, 2013

U.S. citizen Walter Lee Williams, an alleged child molester who was in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and who was on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives,” was captured by Mexican authorities on June 18.

The capture was made in the tourist town of Playa del Carmen, since the U.S. national “was wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for being involved with sexual exploitation of children,” Gaspar Armando García, prosecutor for Quintana Roo, stated, adding that the detainee was “extremely dangerous.” “He is being held under strict custody,” he stated.

On June 18, the FBI announced that Williams had been added to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He is a 65-year-old former university professor who is facing a federal arrest warrant for sexual exploitation of children since April 30.

“Williams has a long history of trips to the South East of Asia, particularly to the Philippines. He is said to have resided in Indonesia, Polynesia and Thailand,” as well as in Peru, according to the FBI website, which offered up to $100,000 for information leading to his capture.

García explained that the Williams was arrested on June 18 in a public park at 8:30 pm, local time, and “he was unable to prove his legal stay in the country when he was questioned.”

When authorities confirmed that his description matched the description of a person wanted by the FBI, he was arrested and “made available to the Immigration Office,” the official added.

Williams is under the custody of Quintana Roo’s judicial agents, while Mexican authorities are coordinating with their U.S. counterparts to continue with the process.

The Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list was established by the FBI in March 1950. Since then, 469 fugitives have been arrested or found, 155 of which were spotted due to citizen cooperation.