Authorities say the first fugitive from Houston's new "Top 10 Most Wanted Gang Fugitives" list has been captured in Mexico.
Raul Sergio Madrigal, from stophoustongangs.org
Raul Sergio Madrigal is considered to have been a key narco player here before fleeing south of the border, where he's believed to have been for a few years.
He may have drawn additional attention by photos of his life on the run that were posted on a myspace page:
Madrigal at the clubs in Mexico.
Madrigal at the beach in Mexico.
Madrigal soaking in a giant tub of bubble-bath.
Madrigal shooting the finger at whoever is looking at him.
Madrigal again shooting the finger at whoever is looking at him.
A movie-star looking woman wearing a skimpy police costume, complete with a hat with the letters FBI.
The next photo taken of Madrigal may be a mug shot, should he be handed over by Mexico to face charges here.
No, we don't publish myspace photos in this blog without getting permission from the proper owner of the photos. (And don't waste time looking for them as the page has since been made private.)
In gangster terms, Madrigal is especially interesting as he was affiliated with the massive Houstone Tango Blast gang, and had apparently purchased several high-end sports cars, sedans and other vehicles that have been confiscated by the feds and locked away in a government warehouse. (as shown above)
Sources say that Madrigal was arrested in Mexico as a result of an extradition request by the United States, but no one is yet sharing details such as when, exactly where and how Madrigal was captured. It is also unclear how smooth the path is to bringing him back to the United States. If he is a dual citizen, matters could be complicated or if he is already facing charges in Mexico.
I suspect we'll one day see him appear in federal court in Houston, a sight that would be welcomed by the federal agents that have long been pursuing him.
It may also be a chance to hear from Madrigal or his lawyer about the validity of charges against him.
He was first featured on the law-enforcement run Web site, stophoustongangs.org, which launched the Top 10 Most Wanted Gang Fugitives," two months ago. Part of that includes a weekly focus on a gangster who is the subject of a publicity blitz, including billboards and media coverage, to draw attention to one of the fugitives.
The idea is to get the public to use the Web site so share tips, anonymously if desired.
Madrigal had been on the run for at least two years before the campaign started. He didn't last two months once the Web site launched the Most Wanted Gangster program and only a few weeks after him himself was featured as the wanted gangster of the week.
Do the feds have the goods on Madrigal to put him away? Only time will tell.
Captured not long after Madrigal was second most wanted gangster, Johnny Lewis, who is charged with aggravated robbery during a home invasion.
Lewis said to be a member of the 52 Hoova Crips.