Admin l Wednesday, January 11, 2023
WASHINGTON – The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI has announced the arrest of one of its 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Jose Rodolfo Villarreal-Hernandez, better known as ‘El Gato’ almost 10 years after he allegedly orchestrated the murder of a 43 year old resident of Southlake, Texas in May 22, 2013.
El Gato alleged hired armed gangs who shot and killed the victim for an undisclosed personal grudge. He was arrested Saturday, January 7, 2023, almost 10 years after committing the crime by Mexican authorities.
Assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Calvin A. Shivers and Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, Matthew J. DeSarno had added Jose Rodolfo Villarreal-Hernandez, aka “El Gato,” to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, with a reward of up to $1 million for information leading directly for his arrest.
On May 22, 2013, the victim and his wife were preparing to depart a shopping center in Southlake, Texas. A white Toyota Sequoia approached the couple’s Range Rover as the wife was loading her purchases into the back of the vehicle.
The victim was sitting in the passenger’s seat. The shooter exited the Toyota Sequoia as the driver pulled in behind the couple’s vehicle. The shooter approached the Range Rover from the passenger side and shot the victim multiple times. He then entered the Toyota Sequoia and fled the scene. The victim was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The investigation, led by the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, revealed the victim was stalked by a group of individuals beginning in March of 2011. The investigation further determined this same group allegedly committed the murder-for-hire on May 22, 2013, at the direction of Villarreal-Hernandez. Investigators believe that Villarreal-Hernandez had a personal grudge against the victim.
A federal arrest warrant was issued in the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, in 2018. Villarreal-Hernandez is charged with interstate stalking and conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire.
“Jose Rodolfo Villarreal-Hernandez is charged with orchestrating a brutal murder that took place in broad daylight at a busy shopping center. The shooter and his accomplices showed no regard for the victim, his wife, or the innocent bystanders who witnessed the murder,” said Special Agent in Charge DeSarno.