Chicago murder suspect now FBI's 'Most Wanted'

June 5, 2012 3:22:58 PM PDT
A $100,000 reward is being offered for information on Fidel Urbina, 37, who has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt since the 1999 rape and murder of a Chicago woman.

Urbina was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on Tuesday afternoon.

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"I would consider him a very vile person, a very dangerous person, and if he's in Mexico or Texas or Arizona, he's a threat to any individual down there. The sooner we can apprehend him the better we will be," said Robert Grant, special agent-in-charge of the FBI's Chicago office. "Both his crimes involve young women, involve rape, involve beatings."

He is wanted for the 1999 brutal sexual assault and murder of one woman and the 1998 beating and sexual assault of a second woman, according to the FBI. Both took place in Chicago.

In 1998, he was arrested by the Chicago Police Department in connection with a brutal rape on the city's South Side. The woman escaped, and Urbina was charged with aggravated sexual assault.

While awaiting his trial, he was released on bond. Officials say that's when he attacked a second woman who had brought her car to the garage where he worked as a mechanic. Police say Urbina raped and killed 22-year-old Gabriella Torres, whose burned body was found in the trunk of a car.

Urbina was last seen two years ago, according to the FBI. He has family in the Chicago area, but may also be residing Mexico, where he was born. He is not an American citizen and he came across the border illegally, police said, using a different name.

Wherever he is, officials warn he should be considered armed and dangerous.

On July 20, 1999, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Urbina and on August 26, 2006, a provisional arrest warrant was signed by a Mexican Federal Magistrate.

Urbina, who is a Mexican national, is described as a Hispanic/male, 37 years of age, 6'0" tall, medium build, weighing approximately 170 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and a severely pockmarked right cheek. He has been known to use numerous aliases, including the names Lorenzo Maes, Fernando Ramos and Fidel Urbina Aquirre.

Chicago FBI officials say they first asked to have Urbina on the list of the Most Wanted two years ago.

"We will keep hunting for him until he's dead or in somebody's hands," Grant said. "That's the way you get off the top ten list."

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the location and arrest of URBINA. Anyone recognizing him or having any information as to his current whereabouts is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700 or your nearest law enforcement agency.


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