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Fidel Urbina listed as one of FBI’s most wanted arrested in Mexico after 17 years on the run

September 26, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Fidel Urbina listed as one of FBI’s most wanted arrested in Mexico after 17 years on the run

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Fidel Urbina, a Chicago automobile mechanic, was released on bond and was waiting for his trial to begin for his role in the brutal 1998 abduction and rape of a waitress when authorities announced he struck again.

Urbina allegedly sexually attacked and suffocated a 22-year-old woman who brought her car in for service at the Southwest Side auto body shop where he was employed, police reported. Law enforcement officials discovered Gabriela Torres’ remains stuffed in the trunk of a car, which had been abandoned in an alleyway and set on fire.

When officers went to interview Fidel Urbina, he disappeared.

After 17 years on the lam, Urbina was captured on Friday by Mexican authorities in the small village of El Polvo in a secluded part of the border state of Chihuahua, the FBI announced.

Urbina, who was one the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives in 2012 and whose case was documented on the popular show “America’s Most Wanted,” was brought to a federal prison in Mexico City where he is awaiting extradition to the United States on federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The suspect also faces criminal charges in Cook County for both the kidnapping case as well as the rape and murder of Torres, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Police asserted that in March 1998, Urbina asked a waitress if she wanted a ride home from a bar but instead took her to a garage and physically and sexually assaulted her. Later, he raped her repeatedly at his residence, but she managed to escape after he fell asleep. The man was arrested and charged several days after the incident.

The Mexican native put up 10% of the $70,000 bond and was released from Cook County Jail.

Back in October 1998, Fidel Urbina was working at the car repair shop when Torres brought in her vehicle to fix her brakes. Law enforcement officials accuse Urbina of raping, beating and strangling the victim inside of the body shop before wrapping her body and shoving it in the trunk of a stolen Chevrolet Lumina.

According to authorities, Urbina recruited two men to propel the vehicle into a nearby alley, where he set the car ablaze with gasoline. The suspects were observed fleeing the scene and were later apprehended and charged with arson, although there was no indication that they were aware that Torres’ remains were in the trunk.

Urbina failed to appear for a court date on the rape case five days later, and an arrest warrant was issued. His girlfriend, who lived with him at the time, told police that he fled their apartment suddenly on the day of the murder and told her that “he was going back to Mexico.”

An immigration court later hosted a hearing in absentia and ordered Urbina’s deportation.

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