FBI’s Most Wanted List leads to arrest of New Yorker

One day after being added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, a New York man was arrested in Nicaragua for a double murder on Long Island that took place in 2010, according to published reports.

Juan Elias Garcia was arrested the day after being added to the FBI's Most Wanted List. Credit: FBI
Juan Elias Garcia was arrested the day after being added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
Credit: FBI

Juan Elias Garcia, an alleged member of the MS 13 gang, was detained near the U.S. Embassy and turned over to the FBI on Thursday.

The FBI said that Garcia shot and killed 19-year-old Vanessa Argueta and her 2-year-old son with two other gang members in 2010.

One of the gang members was convicted of the murders by a jury and the other pleaded guilty.

Investigators said Garcia and Argueta, who had ties to rival gangs, dated but had a falling out before the shooting. Authorities believe the murder was an act of retaliation after rival groups threatened Garcia when the couple broke up.

According to the FBI, Garcia invited Argueta to dinner on Feb. 4, 2010, taking her and her son to the woods instead.

With the other gang members, the FBI said Garcia executed Argueta with two shots from a handgun as her son watched.

“The gun was then turned on the child,” according to an FBI release. “The first shot knocked him to the ground but did not kill him. The boy got up and clutched at Garcia’s leg, but another gang member shot again and killed him.”

Garcia was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List on Wednesday for his role in the shooting.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter @AnnaESanders


Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia…

By Patrick Markey and Aziz El YaakoubiTRIPOLI (Reuters) - Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around…

Breaking: News

Russia mad about sanctions, says U.S. contributing to…

Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation…


Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking


K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.


Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.


Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…


Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.


Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.


2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…


Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.


Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.


Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.


Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.