March 10, 2020

USA: ‘Most Wanted Fugitive’ For California Gang Murder Arrested In Michoacán, Mexico.

Breitbart News
written by Ildefonso Ortiz
Wednesday March 4, 2020

Police in Michoacán arrested a California gang member listed as a “Most Wanted Fugitive” allegedly hiding from a 2011 gang murder charge.

On Tuesday, agents with the Michoacán Attorney General’s Office arrested 26-year-old Tony Aurelio Macias on a warrant for an FBI extradition request out of the Eastern District of California for one count of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He also has various warrants from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office for murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The arrest took place in Uruapan, where Macias did not resist. Michoacán authorities contacted Mexican immigration officials and other federal entities to oversee the extradition.

According to the criminal complaint filed by the FBI, Macias and other members of the “Surenos” gang attacked and killed 22-year-old Samuel Gallardo on November 2011 outside a taco truck in Modesto, California. The gang members allegedly beat the victim and then shot him while he was eating with his girlfriend. Federal authorities claimed Gallardo had tattoos consistent with the “Nortenos” gang, a rival of the Surenos. While some gang members were arrested in connection with the murder, Macias managed to elude authorities.

In 2016, the FBI sent out an advisory that Macias could be hiding in Arizona and was considered armed and dangerous. The notice was published in various news articles at the time. However, it was not until December 2019 when sheriff’s deputies received a tip that Macias was hiding in Mexico. It remains unclear if Macias has any connections to the cartels based in Michoacán that have a presence in California.

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The Modesto Bee
written by Deke Farrow
Thursday March 5, 2020

A suspect in a 2011 homicide in Modesto was located and arrested in Mexico and is being held without bail in the Stanislaus County jail.

Tony Aurelio Gutierrez Macias, 26, has been wanted in the shooting death of Samuel Gallardo, 22. The victim was on a date with his girlfriend and another couple on Nov. 26, 2011, when they stopped at a taco truck in front of the El Paraiso bar on Crows Landing Road.

No sooner had the couples sat down to eat at one of the picnic benches than a car full of men pulled into the parking lot, according to a Bee report at the time. At least four got out of the car and began fighting with Gallardo. Within minutes, he was shot. The suspects got back into the vehicle and fled.

A July 2017 Bee story said that one of two suspects arrested in the case was released for lack of evidence and that two others — Macias and Tomas Solorio, then 27, remained at large.

A news release Tuesday from the attorney general of the state of Michoacán said Macias, a U.S. citizen born in San Jose, was arrested in the city of Uruapan, where he had taken refuge.

It said the arrest was on a warrant out of Modesto, accusing Macias of murder and carrying a firearm in public. Macias was wanted by the FBI because he illegally fled prosecution.

Other charges against Macias include participation in a criminal street gang and assault on a person by means of force likely to result in great bodily injury.

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