Octaviano Juarez-Corro is accused of killing two people in 2006.
On September 8, 2021, the FBI made an announcement. A Milwaukee fugitive wanted for murder would be added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, forty-seven-year-old Octavio Juarez-Corro.
It was Memorial Day on May 29, 2006, and hundreds of people were gathered in South Shore Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, all celebrating the American holiday with barbeques and picnics. One family was enjoying themselves when someone noticed trouble approaching them. Octavio Juarez-Corro was walking up to the family. He wanted to speak to his estranged wife, and it was her family who he had dropped in on uninvited. A friend intervened and tried to get Octaviano to leave without causing a scene but was unsuccessful.
Octavio and his soon-to-be ex-wife were in the final stages of their divorce but couldn’t agree on a custody arrangement for their three-year-old daughter. It was this issue that had brought him to the park that day. Octaviano refused to leave the family affair, becoming increasingly agitated, and suddenly produced a handgun. He ordered his ex-wife, her boyfriend, and three other family members to get on their knees. In front of this daughter, he began firing, wounding three and killing two.
His ex-wife survived two gunshot wounds to the chest, but her boyfriend had been one of the victims killed along with a family friend. Octaviano then fled on foot. Officers were not able to locate him, and he remains at large to this day. At the time, officers encouraged the public to remain vigilant and said he was to be considered armed and dangerous. Milwaukee Police Chief told the public, “It’s important to get a person such as this because the propensity for violence is great.”
He had fled the area, and for sixteen years, he was on the run, and he was recently captured. It had been thought that Juarez-Corro had fled to Mexico, and those suspicions were confirmed when he was spotted in Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico. It had been a tip from the public that allowed the FBI to capture him.
Special Agent Michael Hensle said in a statement, “Octaviano Juarez-Corro spent the last 16 years running from law enforcement, hiding in another country, and believing time and distance was on his side. The FBI has a long reach and extraordinary law enforcement partnerships across the globe. I commend the tireless efforts of all our partners from Milwaukee to Mexico in closely coordinating with the FBI in capturing this wanted fugitive and helping to bring this violent offender to justice, as well as closure to the victims and their families.”
This is another instance proving that discussing these cases and keeping them in the public eye is an excellent tool for getting these cases solved.
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