A man wanted in a 1991 Massachusetts murder case was found on a shrimp farm in Guatemala. He tried to escape by jumping into the water.

Man wanted for 1991 Attleboro murder captured in Guatemala


State police said a man wanted in connection with a 1991 stabbing death during a fight in Massachusetts has been found working at a shrimp farm in Guatemala. Authorities said the suspect tried to escape by jumping into the water but was captured.

Police said in a news release Wednesday that Mario Garcia was living under an alias while operating a ranch in Iztapa.

Fugitive wanted for 1991 Attleboro homicide apprehended in Guatemala A multi-agency investigation that spans more than …

Posted by Massachusetts State Police on Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher S. Mason said, “We do not forget, we are persistent, and we never stop in our efforts to bring justice to the victims.” “The fact that we were able to reach Guatemala to hold accountable a man who committed a homicide in Massachusetts is a result of both resolute police work and the value of our relationships with local, federal and international partners.”

Ismael Ricinos-Garcia was stabbed to death in Attleboro on November 16, 1991.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Mario Garcia, who was then 19 years old. He fled and could not be found.

In 2014, the State Police’s Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section developed information that GarcĂ­a had possibly fled to a remote region of his native Guatemala. As of 2021, he was included in the state police’s list of most wanted fugitives.

Earlier this year, a detective who worked on the investigation developed information that Garcia may have been working on a shrimp farm.

This information was sent to the US Marshals Service, which worked with Central America operations in Guatemala, and the US State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service Foreign Criminal Investigation Unit. The Department of State and the Guatemalan Federal Police Force also worked to locate him.

Police said Garcia, now 50, “attempted to escape capture by jumping into a body of water at a shrimp farm”, but was captured and held in custody.

Guatemalan officials are coordinating Garcia’s extradition to the United States to face prosecution in Bristol County, Massachusetts. It was not immediately known whether he had a lawyer.

Attleboro Police Chief Kyle P. Hagane said, “We are pleased that the victim, Ismael Recinos-Garcia, will finally receive justice for this senseless murder.” “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”

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