ACCUSED NEW MEXICO MURDERER ON U.S.
“MOST WANTED” LIST CAPTURED IN PHILADELPHIA
was wanted for murder and evidence tampering in
was captured Sunday night in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“The arrest of this
extraordinarily dangerous fugitive was the result of an effective
partnership among local police agencies, the media, and Deputy Marshals
nationwide,” said U.S. Marshal Gordon E. Eden, District of New Mexico.
Williams, 44, was wanted
since August 2003, when he allegedly attacked and murdered his
ex-girlfriend, Josephine Chacon, in the parking lot of the Sandia Indian
Casino in Albuquerque. Chacon was viciously stabbed in her back, neck,
arms, and upper chest. Chacon had called off her relationship with Williams
one month prior to her death.
The New Mexico State
Police warrant for Williams charged him with murder and tampering with
evidence. When he fled the state, authorities sought help from the U.S.
Marshals, who secured a federal warrant charging Williams with unlawful
flight to avoid prosecution. On November 7, 2003, Williams was added to the
Marshals “15 Most Wanted” list, which made him the subject of a national
On May 21, 2005,
Williams was profiled on the television show “America’s Most Wanted.” Credible leads were received from the public, which sent
U.S. Marshals racing to
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Last week, it was learned that he had fled to the
Philadelphia area. The Marshals distributed wanted posters to the
Philadelphia Police Department. A sharp-eyed
police officer, who had seen the “America’s Most Wanted”
episode, saw Williams on the street and confronted him. Williams gave a
false name and had no ID. He was detained for identification, but
physically resisted several officers during fingerprinting. Once results
were obtained, he was positively identified. Williams is scheduled to face
an extradition hearing.
The original 2003 press
release is located at:
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