Jose Rodolfo Villarreal-Hernandez “El Gato’ Added to Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

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 Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat FBI Gov Press Release

El Gato” Allegedly Had Victim
Tracked and Murdered in Texas; $1 Million Reward Available

The ‘Most Wanted’ man sent sicarios to texas to kill Texas attorney Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa the personal lawyer for
the leader of the Gulf cartel.  Villarreal-Hernandez,
who wanted Chapa killed as revenge for his father’s murder.

Jose Rodolfo
Villarreal-Hernandez, wanted for allegedly directing his associates to track
and murder a man in Southlake, Texas, has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted
Fugitives list. The Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards
Program is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading
directly to his arrest.

Villarreal-Hernandez, also known
as “El Gato,” is believed to hold an active leadership position in the Beltran
Leyva Drug Trafficking Organization within the region of San Pedro Garza
Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He is also believed to be responsible for numerous
murders in Mexico.

The victim of the Texas murder,
43, was shot while sitting in the passenger seat of his vehicle outside an
upscale shopping center in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb on May 22, 2013. His wife
was standing near the driver’s side door when her husband was killed. And the
brazen ambush occurred in the early evening hours, while the center was full of

El Gato

According to evidence and
testimony gathered in the trials of those accused of tracking and killing the
man, Villarreal-Hernandez ordered and financed a multi-year effort to find and
watch the victim and then kill him. 

Investigators believe Villarreal-Hernandez
had a long-standing personal grudge against the victim.

Screengrab of top portion of FBI
Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Jose Rodolfo Villarreal-Hernandez’s wanted poster.

Several of the individuals
involved in tracking and killing the victim have already pleaded guilty, have
been tried and convicted, or are awaiting trial in federal court.

“The fact that
Villarreal-Hernandez was willing to send people to the United States to track
someone within the United States and then execute that person in a neighborhood
in Texas—we need to set the example that this will not be tolerated,” said
Special Agent Gary Koenig.

Koenig has been investigating
Villarreal-Hernandez with the FBI’s Dallas Field Office since the shooting
occurred in 2013. El Gato’s apparent role in trafficking drugs into the United
States and the evidence linking him to more than 10 murders in Mexico have made
this case a top priority for both U.S. and Mexican authorities. 

“He’s a
ruthless guy,” Koenig said.

The FBI and Mexican authorities
feel the publicity of the Top Ten list and such a large reward will help
generate the tips they need to bring El Gato to justice.

“He’s a ruthless guy.”

Gary Koenig, special agent, FBI

Villarreal-Hernandez is 42 years
old. He has black hair and brown eyes and stands 5 feet 4 inches tall. He is
believed to weigh about 165 pounds and is likely hiding in Mexico.
Villarreal-Hernandez should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Anyone with information on
Villarreal-Hernandez’s whereabouts should call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or contact your
local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also
submit a tip online to