Chicago fugitive added to FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted’ list
BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org June 5, 2012 2:12PM
Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hosted a press conference to announce the addition of a Chicago murder suspect to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:43AM
He stands six feet tall, has a severely pockmarked right cheek and, according to the FBI, is prone to extreme violence against women.
Fidel Urbina is a wanted fugitive for allegedly raping and beating one woman in 1998. And after he was arrested and released on bond, he then allegedly bludgeoned another woman to death, put her in a trunk of a car and set the car on fire.
The viciousness of the crimes caused the FBI to give Urbina an unusual designation as one of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” — the first person from Chicago to be put on the list in a decade. There is an award of up to $100,000 for information that leads to his arrest.
Urbina, 37, whose last known address was on the 2100 block of South Fairfield, was born in Durango, Mexico. He went by numerous aliases including Lorenzo Maes, Fernando Ramos and Fidel Bahena, as well as “Tonorio,” officials said.
“These crimes have demonstrated his violent nature and the need to locate and apprehend Urbina before he can strike again,” Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI in Chicago, said at a news conference on Tuesday. “I would consider him a very violent person.”
There have been reported sightings of Urbina in Mexico over the years and authorities say they have been close to capturing him. Grant noted, though, that even if detectives find him, “it’s Mexican authorities who would have to arrest him,” he said.
Authorities say Urbina has family members living in the Chicago area, which possibly might include a child. The woman who had been living with him in 1998 told authorities he left that October and she hadn’t seen him again.
In March of 1998, Urbina had been arrested for the kidnapping, brutal beating and rape of a Chicago woman who he met at a bar. He had given the woman a ride when he attacked her, law enforcement officials said.
While out on bond on those charges, he allegedly assaulted and bludgeoned to death Gabriella Torres, 22, whose body was found inside the trunk of a car left in an alley in the 2300 block of West 50th Street.
The car had been set on fire, and her body was badly burned.
A federal warrant was issued for Urbina’s arrest in July 1999. Urbina, who had skills as a mechanic, met the woman at a car shop.
A provincial arrest warrant was signed by a Mexican judge in 2006.
The last Chicago-area fugitive on the FBI’s list was Michael Alfonso, who was put on the list in 2003 for the 2001 murder of the assistant manager of a McDonald’s in Wheaton. Alfonso was arrested in 2004 in Mexico. He is now serving a life sentence for that crime and the 1992 murder of pregnant hair stylist Sumanear Yang, whose body was dumped in Silver Springs State Park near Yorkville.
Urbina is the 497th person listed as one of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted.” Others on the list include Joe Luis Saenz, charged with killing four people; Eric Justin Toth, who is wanted for allegedly possessing child pornography and producing child pornography; Robert William Fisher is wanted for allegedly killing his wife and two children, then blowing up their house in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2001.