After 24 Years, Most-Wanted Fugitive Caught in Cancun

Vincent Walters wanted for kidnapping, murder, and drug charges
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2012 6:53 AM CDT
After 24 Years, Most-Wanted Fugitive Caught in Cancun
The US Marshals Service says Vincent Legrend Walters, one of its 15 most-wanted fugitives has been caught in the Mexican resort city of Cancun.   (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)

One of the US Marshals' 15-most-wanted fugitives has been caught after 24 years on the lam—selling time-shares from a small booth at the Cancun airport, reports the LA Times. Vincent Legrend Walters had been living in Cancun under the name Oscar Rivera, working for a nearby resort's airport store for about 10 years. Apparently not a particularly brilliant criminal, Walters had reportedly bragged that he was a wanted fugitive from San Diego.

Walters faces extradition and murder charges for the 1988 killing of a woman in a meth deal gone wrong. He allegedly kidnapped a drug dealer, the dealer's friend, and the friend's girlfriend in an attempt to get back some missing drugs; but, during the kidnapping, the girlfriend died from a chemical-laced cloth he used to gag her. Walters was also indicted by a grand jury in 1989 on charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, carrying firearms while drug trafficking, and possessing unregistered firearms and explosives. (More US Marshals Service stories.)

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