One of 10 FBI's Most Wanted Suspects Faces Murder Charges

Jose Saenz was arrested in November in Mexico, where authorities say he was working for a drug cartel

By Jason Kandel
|  Thursday, Aug 1, 2013  |  Updated 9:36 AM PDT
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Jose "Joe" Luis Saenz is escorted to a vehicle at Los Angeles International Airport after his arrest in Mexico.

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Jose Luis Saenz, among FBI's Most Wanted, tried to hide by using two dozen aliases, gaining weight and attempting to alter his fingerprints, according to the FBI. Saenz was arrested last week in Mexico after more than a decade on the run. Patrick Healy reports from Pomona for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2012.

Fugitive Led Life of "Average Citizen"

FBI agents talk about the arrest of one of the agency's top-10 most wanted fugitives, an accused drug cartel hitman wanted in connection with four Los Angeles slayings. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at noon on Monday Nov. 26, 2012.
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One of the FBI’s Most Wanted suspects is expected in court on Thursday to face charges in connection with four slayings in Los Angeles County dating back 15 years.

The FBI said Jose Luis Saenz was leading a double life in Guadalajara, Mexico, when he was arrested in November -- living in an apartment above a beauty salon as an average citizen and working as a hitman for a drug cartel.

He was wanted in connection with four slayings -- the ambush and execution of two rival gang members in 1998; the rape and slaying of his ex-girlfriend; and the killing in 2008 of a man over a $600,000 drug debt, the FBI said.

Saenz is an LA high school dropout who collected a string of nicknames such as Toro, Smiley, and Peanut as a one-time member of the Cuatro Flats gang.

When he was arrested, he identified himself to agents as Giovanni Torres, one of about 20 aliases used during his time on the run.

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