Santiago Villalba Mederos, a member of the violent Eastside Lokotes Sureno gang, is Wanted for 2010 Murder in Tacoma, Washington.
According to the FBI, Mederos is wanted in connection with two separate shootings in Tacoma that resulted in the death of a young woman and the serious wounding of her brother, and a month later, the murder of a young man. Mederos was a teenager at the time of the killings.
“To have committed two homicides at such a young age shows how violent he was and how violent the gang was,” said Special Agent Terry Postma from the FBI’s Seattle Division. “The younger gang members tried to earn respect from the older guys by these extreme acts of violence.”
In February 2010, Mederos – who goes by the nickname “Pucho” – allegedly fired multiple shots into a random car, killing a 20-year-old woman and wounding her brother.
The following month, during a robbery that turned into a fight when bystanders became involved, Mederos allegedly fired a single gunshot toward the group, striking and killing a 21-year-old innocent bystander, the FBI says.
“In both the cases he’s wanted for, none of the victims had anything to do with gangs,” said Steve Reopelle, a homicide detective with the Tacoma Police Department who has investigated both murders.
Based on witness reports, it is believed that Mederos, who was 19 years old at the time, fled to Mexico after the murders. He may have returned to the U.S. since 2010, which is why investigators are looking for the public’s assistance in both countries.
Mederos is charged with first- and second-degree murder in Washington state, and he also faces a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Postma called Mederos “extremely dangerous and a threat to the community, wherever he is.”
Mederos, now 26 years old, speaks English and Spanish. He is known to have ties to the states of Guerrero and Morelos in Mexico, FBI officials said. He also has ties to Washington state.
He is approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and distinguishing tattoos: the letter “S” on his left shoulder and the letter “E” on his right shoulder.
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