In 2010, a then-18-year-old gangster named Santiago Villalba Mederos is believed to have terrorized Tacoma, Washington. He allegedly killed two people and injured one more, which landed him on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. This Santiago Villalba Mederos wiki contains all you need to know about this suspected killer who remains at large.
Mederos is accused of randomly killing a 20-year-old woman and seriously injuring her brother in one shooting. One month later, he’s believed to have killed a 21-year-old man.
Santiago Villalba Mederos Bio
Santiago Villalba Mederos was born in Tacoma, Washington on June 5, 1991, making him 27 years old today.
Nicknamed “Pucho” and “Stretch,” he is a white Hispanic male last measured as standing 5’10” tall and weighing 140 pounds.
Santiago Villalba Mederos (2005); Photo: FBIHe has brown eyes and was last seen with black hair and two tattoos: the letter “S” on his left shoulder and the letter “E” on his right shoulder. These tattoos could be based on the name of the gang he is a part of, the Eastside Lokotes Sureño (ELS).
Little is known about his background and family, but he does have relatives living in the Las Grutas, Guerrero, and Cuernavaca areas of Mexico.
Murders Santiago Villalba Mederos Is a Suspect in
According to authorities, on February 7, 2010 Mederos was with other members of his gang, driving around in a stolen van. The group was looking for rival gang members, planning to attack them in retaliation for a shooting a couple days prior.
The rival gang’s primary color was red. Mederos allegedly opened fire on a person in a red coat riding in a red vehicle. However, the car’s two occupants were not involved with gangs at all.
Camille Love, 20, was working toward becoming a veterinary technician, while the occupant in the red coat was her brother, Josh Love, 19.
Camille died as a result of the injuries she sustained, while Josh survived his wounds.
The second murder Santiago Villalba Mederos’ is alleged to have committed occurred on March 25, 2010.
Authorities say he was part of a group that searched a car in South Tacoma, believing its owner owed the Eastside Lokotes Sureño money.
Three men confronted the gang, which led to a fight. Mederos is alleged to have fired a single shot, killing 21-year-old Saul Lucas-Alfonso. This victim, too, had no relation to any gang.
Five of the seven people charged in Camille’s death were convicted and imprisoned.
Mederos and another suspect in the Love case, Richard Charles Sanchez, are both are charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Mederos and Sanchez also are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lucas-Alfonso.
Byron and Leah Alvarez were convicted and imprisoned in the Lucas-Alfonso case.
Santiago Villalba Mederos’ Location
Mederos was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list in September 2017, seven years after the crimes he is suspected of having committed. Authorities hope that the additional publicity will make him easier to locate after years with no success.
Based on witness testimony, it’s believed that Mederos left the United States for Mexico following the murder of Lucas-Alfonso But he might have come back to the U.S. since 2010. This is why authorities are seeking public tips in both countries.
Santiago Villalba Mederos is fluent in both Spanish and English. He has ties to Washington State and the states of Guerrero and Morelos in Mexico.
A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to his capture.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should contact the FBI’s Seattle Field Office at 206-622-0460 or the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at 011-52-55-5080-2000. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI or by visiting tips.fbi.gov.