FBI's Buffalo Office Announces Capture of Fugitive

January 27, 2012 Updated Jan 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM EDT

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FBI's Buffalo Office Announces Capture of Fugitive

January 27, 2012 Updated Jan 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM EDT

(FBI news release) -- The FBI’s Buffalo Office on Friday announced the capture of 25-year-old Esteban Ramos-Cruz, a federally indicted member of the 10th Street Gang, in Springfield, Mass. 

Ramos-Cruz has been an FBI fugitive since May 2011.  He was recently profiled on an episode of America’s Most Wanted that aired on Friday, January 6, 2012, on the Lifetime Network.

On May 5, 2011, FBI Buffalo’s Safe Streets Task Force arrested multiple members of the 10th Street and 7th Street Gangs.  Soon after, 7th Street Gang member Ramos-Cruz fled and remained an armed and dangerous fugitive until his capture Friday morning. 

Ramos-Cruz was indicted on the following federal charges: murder in aid of racketeering in connection with the murder of a 10th Street member/associate Eric Morrow; use, carry and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence; possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and narcotics conspiracy.

Following the profile of Ramos-Cruz on America’s Most Wanted on January 6th, FBI Buffalo received a tip from an AMW viewer who relayed information that placed Ramos-Cruz in the Springfield area.  Further investigation by FBI Buffalo revealed a specific location for Ramos-Cruz, and this morning members of the FBI’s Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force, which is composed of the Massachusetts State Police, DEA, Hampden County Sheriff, and police from Springfield, Lee, Chicopee, and Pittsfield, along with the U.S. Marshals, arrested Ramos-Cruz.