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Dominican National Wanted for Murder in Dominican Republic Arrested in Lynn

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant was a fugitive for eight years after allegedly murdering and dismembering his wife

BOSTON – A Dominican national, wanted on murder charges in the Dominican Republic, appeared in federal court in Boston today. 

An arrest warrant charging Daniel Emilio Frias Segura with the 2010 murder of his wife was issued on April 9, 2010, by a Judge in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler issued a warrant for the arrest of Frias Segura yesterday, and he was arrested today in Lynn by U.S. Marshals with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police and Lynn Police Department. He appeared in federal court in Boston and was ordered detained pending extradition. Today’s hearing involved the extradition of Frias Segura back to the Dominican Republic to face the charges.

According to Dominican authorities, on April 1, 2010, an individual sailing on the Haina River in the Dominican Republic observed the torso of a female floating in the river. The individual informed Dominican law enforcement, and on April 2, 2010, the female’s decapitated head was found inside two black plastic bags. On April 3, 2010, the female’s legs and left arm were found along the Haina River. On April 3, 2010, an autopsy report concluded that the female had been strangled to death and was subsequently decapitated and dismembered.

According to the Dominican investigation, on the late afternoon of March 31, 2010, a merchant and his employee were driving along a freeway when a young woman jumped out of a vehicle stopped in front of them. The woman ran toward the merchant’s vehicle, screaming that someone wanted to kill her. She sought refuge in the back seat of the merchant’s vehicle, but a man came out of the vehicle the woman had been in and violently removed her from the merchant’s vehicle. The man waived a gun and threatened the merchant and his employee. He told them the woman was his wife and they should not get involved. The merchant and employee each identified Frias Segura as the person claiming to be the victim’s husband. The next day, the torso of Frias Segura’s wife was spotted in the river.

Frias Segura left the Dominican Republic for Puerto Rico the day after his wife’s torso had been spotted in the river. A law enforcement investigation revealed that Frias Segura had been living in Lynn.  

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal of the District of Massachusetts; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Lynn Police Chief Michael Mageary, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor Wild of Lelling’s Criminal Division is handling the matter.

The details contained in the charging document are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.   

Updated July 19, 2018

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