Luis Octavio Frias, who was accused of murdering his ex-wife in Blackwell in 2013, was arrested Thursday at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport. Frias was added to the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitives list in November 2018.
According to Star-Telegram, U.S. Marshals Service Deputy Director David Anderson said at the time their 15 Most Wanted list is reserved for fugitives we consider the worst of the worst. Anderson also said that It is without a doubt Frias deserves to be on that list. The U.S. Marshals and their federal, state, and local law enforcement partners will use every available resource to bring Frias to justice for this heinous crime.
To give backstory, Frias attacked his ex-wife Janett Reyna, who was at the time the Executive Director of the Ponca Tribe’s Domestic Violence Program, and stabbed her 41 times in front of her children.
A year after her death, friends of Reyna created a Change.org petition to extradite Frias from Mexico.
U.S.Marshal Johnny Lee Kuhlman said that Reyna was also serving as the domestic violence prevention coordinator for the Ponca Tribal Police Department, where she worked tirelessly to protect victims from the same violence and abuse that ultimately ended her life.
Frias was then wanted for first degree murder. An arrest warrant was then issued on October 4, 2013. Five years, 4 months and three days later is when Frias was arrested.
The fugitive gained so much attention that he was featured on “In Pursuit With John Walsh” which aired on Investigation Discovery In January.
When Frias returned to U.S. soil on Thursday, U.S. Marshals used the same handcuffs issued to Reyna by the Blackwell Police Department to take Frias into custody.
According to a criminal complaint filed in 2013, Frias’ aunt drove him to Wichita, KS. the day after the attack. Frias told his aunt that he was going to catch a bus to Mexico