Fidel Urbina is wanted in connection with the rape and death of Gabriella Torres 14 years ago. Phil Rogers reports.
An accused killer from Chicago has received the kind of notoriety few criminals ever achieve, and none want: placement on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.
Fidel Urbina, believed to be 37 years old, is accused of the rape and murder of a Chicago woman in a garage he operated on the south side. At the time of that crime, he was free on bond in connection with another brutal rape, committed in another garage, seven months earlier.
"The public should be reminded that he should be considered armed, and extremely dangerous,” said Robert Grant, the Special Agent in Charge of Chicago’s FBI office.
Addition to the Ten Most Wanted list means added worldwide scrutiny and a $100,000 reward for information.
"It adds a considerable amount of reward money to those people who may be less motivated about public safety, and more about financial gain," Grant said. "A hundred thousand dollars goes a long way toward anyone who might have information leading to his whereabouts.”
Urbina is originally from Durango, Mexico, and authorities concede he could be hiding in Mexico now. But the crimes are 14 years old, and seasoned investigators know that even careful, wary criminals, become emboldened with the passage of time.
"Human beings are social animals," Grant said. "And they don’t like to be isolated from their family network."
Urbina is suspected of assaulting and bludgeoning to death 22 year old Gabriela Torres, whose body was found in the trunk of a burning car, abandoned in an alley in the 2300 block of West 50th Street. At the time of that crime, he was the target of deportation proceedings by U.S. immigration authorities.
Urbina is the 497th individual added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, the 28th from Chicago.