Mexican national Eduardo Ravelo was on the FBI’s radar for many years, first being added to the Ten Most Wanted list in 2009. The suspected captain of the Barrio Azteca gang, Ravelo was believed to have been involved in numerous crimes. However, the FBI specifically wanted him in custody due to his suspected role in several murders. Keep reading our Eduardo Ravelo wiki to find out more about the man, what he’s suspected of doing, and his recent capture.
Eduardo Ravelo Wiki: Who Officials Watched out for
Prior to his June 2018 arrest, when last seen, Eduardo Ravelo was estimated to weigh 150 to 180 pounds and stood at 5’9”. He always had black hair, and had brown eyes and a medium build.
|About Eduardo Ravelo|
|Known As||Tablas, Eduardo Rabelo, T-Blas, 2x4, Blas, Lumberman, Boards, Tablero, 56|
|Weight||150 to 180 pounds|
|Hair||Black (possibly bald)|
Ravelo was also known to have several distinguishing features. The most apparent would have been a scar on the left side of his face. Also notable were the tattoos he had on his body as early as 1992. His chest featured a scorpion, while on his back was an image of Jesus Christ.
Authorities also speculated that Ravelo may have gotten plastic surgery since becoming a wanted man, even going so far as to change his fingerprints.
Eduardo Ravelo Wiki: Bio
Eduardo Ravelo, nicknamed “Tablas” (Spanish for “wooden plank”), is originally from Mexico. At the time of his disappearance, he also had permanent resident status in the U.S. He spent a significant amount of time in El Paso, Texas.
The notorious suspected killer was given other wood-influenced nicknames like “2X4” and the “Lumberman” because he was said to use wooden objects to beat and torture his victims.
Ravelo has used multiple dates of birth, so his accurate birth date isn’t known. The Mexican-American was likely born somewhere in between December 22, 1965 and October 13, 1969.
At the time he went on the run, Ravelo had a wife and children. It’s possible he went into hiding with them.
Known as a capo (captain) in the Barrio Azteca crime organization (a Mexican-American gang that is one of the most violent in the U.S.), Ravelo was in charge of members operating out of Juarez, Mexico. The gang itself was founded in El Paso, Texas, which shares a portion of the U.S.-Mexico border with Juarez.
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Ravelo himself is believed to have injured or killed dozens of individuals over the course of his life. In fact, authorities suspect he became a capo by killing his predecessor and assuming his position.
Most of his hitman work is believed to have been done as a member of the Barrio Azteca, on behalf of the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Drug Trafficking Organization.
Eduardo Ravelo Wiki: Crimes
Despite the numerous murders he is believed to have committed as an assassin for the Barrio Azteca, Eduardo Ravelo was wanted by the FBI for a variety of crimes, many of which did not involve killing.
Murder-related charges that have been laid against him include:
- Murder in aid of racketeering activity
- Murder resulting from the use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking
- Conspiracy to kill persons in a foreign country
As a member of a cartel, he has also allegedly been heavily involved in the acquisition and sale of drugs and other illegal goods. Charges tied to these crimes include:
- Conspiracy to import controlled substances
- Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances
- Conspiracy to conduct the affairs of an enterprise, through a pattern of racketeering activity
- Conspiracy to launder monetary instruments
But the particular crimes that landed him on the FBI’s Most Wanted list are the murders of U.S. consulate employee 35-year-old Lesley Enriquez (who was four months pregnant at the time); her husband, 34-year-old Arthur Redelfs; and 37-year-old Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of another consulate employee.
The murders occurred on March 13, 2010 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in a location incredibly close to the U.S.-Mexico border.
That day, the couple had taken their seven-month-old daughter to a child’s birthday at the U.S. Consulate in Juarez. Enriquez worked at the consulate. Redelfs was a sheriff’s deputy in El Paso.
They left, intending to drive back home to El Paso, Texas, just over the border. But they were followed by gang members in a vehicle, who shot multiple times at the family as they tried to get away.
Enriquez and Redelfs were killed by gunfire; their infant daughter was unharmed, but orphaned.
Their friend Salcido Ceniceros was in a separate vehicle and was also attacked by gunmen after leaving the consulate. His wife, who worked at the consulate with Enriquez, was not in the car with her husband, but their two children were in the back seat.
Salcido Ceniceros was killed and his children were wounded.
It’s not clear if either one of the consulate workers or perhaps Redelfs was an intended target. Both families had white SUVs. The FBI has also suggested that Ravelo’s gang intended to target some rival gang members, but shot at the innocent families instead.
Eduardo Ravelo Wiki: Capture and Arrest
Ravelo was indicted in El Paso on January 9, 2008, and then again on March 9, 2011. He was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list on October 20, 2009, making him the 493rd fugitive to be placed on the list.
On the seventh anniversary of the consulate murders, the FBI’s division in El Paso made a huge effort to obtain information on his whereabouts, including the use of social media, digital billboards, and public service announcements. There was a $100,000.00 reward available for information leading to his capture and arrest.
Below is the age-progessed image of Ravelo released by the FBI in 2013.
On June 26, 2018, the Mexican Attorney General’s office arrested Ravelo in Uruapan, Mexico.
The raid on the Uruapan home bagged Ravelo and three other people. No shots were fired by either side.
Officials found firearms and drugs (crystal methamphetamine) at the location.
This was thanks to leads from the FBI El Paso and the El Paso Safe Streets Gang Task Force, according to FBI officials.
Uruapan is the second largest city in the state of Michoacan, which is located on the country’s western coast.
“It was eight and half years ago that we added Eduardo Ravelo to the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’ list,” said Emmerson Buie, Jr., FBI El Paso special agent in charge. “I am proud of the continuous hard work of our agents and our domestic and international law enforcement partners in apprehending this dangerous and violent fugitive.”
Officials named the El Paso Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Organized Crime and Gang Section and Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas as significant players in the investigation and capture of Ravelo.
Eduardo Ravelo is now the 485th Most Wanted fugitive to be captured.