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FBI: LI Man Among 10 Most Wanted

FBI: LI Man Among 10 Most Wanted

NYC - (WALK) A Long Island man accused of killing his girlfriend and her two-year-old son is now among America's 10 Most Wanted fugitives, according to the Federal Bureau of Information.

Juan Elias Garcia, 21, is a member of the Salvadoran gang MS-13, and a former resident of Inwood, Baldwin and Central Islip.  Investigators say Garcia killed is former girlfriend, Vanessa Argueta, 19, of Hempstead and her son, Diego Torres, in February of 2010.  Garcia was last seen in Honduras in 2011, according to the FBI.

Argueta was lured to a vacant lot in Central Islip and executed, because the couple had quarreled and Garcia believed she attempted to have members of a rival gang harm him. The young women thought Garcia wanted to reconcile, and she brought her son along because she couldn't find a baby sitter for him, according to testimony by government witnesses.

Their romance could not overcome his loyalty to the international killing machine known as MS-13, said Eastern District U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in Manhattan Wednesday.  Garcia is reportedly the first member of MS-13 to land on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List. 

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to Garcia's arrest.

Three other Long Island members of MS-13 are already convicted in the deaths of Argueta and Torres; one is serving a life sentence in prison, the other two are awaiting sentencing. 

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