A man wanted in a 1991 Massachusetts killing was found on a shrimp farm in Guatemala. He tried to flee by jumping into the water.

Man wanted for Attleboro’s 1991 murder in Guatemala

Man wanted for Attleboro’s 1991 murder in Guatemala


A man wanted in connection with a 1991 stabbing during a fight in Massachusetts was found working on a shrimp farm in Guatemala, state police said. Authorities said the suspect tried to escape by jumping into the water but was arrested.

As the police said in a press release on Wednesday, Mario Garcia, who lived under a pseudonym and managed the farm in Iztapa, was found.

FUGITIVE FOR 1991 MURDER OF ATTLEBORO CAPTURED IN GUATEMALA A multi-agency investigation spanning more than…

Posted by the Massachusetts State Police on Wednesday December 14, 2022

“We do not forget, we are persistent, and we never stop our efforts to bring justice to the victims,” ​​said Christopher S. Mason, a Massachusetts state police colonel. “The fact that we were able to get to Guatemala to bring someone to justice for a murder in Massachusetts is a result of both tenacious police work and the value of our relationships with local, federal and international partners.”

Ismael Recinos-Garcia was stabbed to death in Attleboro on November 16, 1991.

The police issued an arrest warrant for the then 19-year-old Mario Garcia. He fled and could not be found.

In 2014, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section collected information that Garcia had likely fled to a remote area of ​​his native Guatemala. By 2021, he was listed on the state police’s Most Wanted Fugitives list.

Earlier this year, a detective who worked on the investigation developed information that Garcia may be working at the shrimp farm.

The information was relayed to the US Marshals Service, which was working with the US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service’s Overseas Criminal Investigations Unit and Operations for Central America in Guatemala. The State Department and the Guatemalan Federal Police were also working to find him.

Police said Garcia, now 50, “attempted to evade capture by jumping into a body of water” at the shrimp farm but was arrested and taken into custody.

Guatemalan authorities are coordinating Garcia’s extradition to the United States to face criminal prosecution in Bristol County, Massachusetts. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

“We are pleased that the victim, Ismael Recinos-Garcia, is finally getting justice for this senseless murder,” said Attleboro Police Chief Kyle P. Heagney. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”

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