Arnoldo Jimenez (born February 19, 1982) is an American fugitive who was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on May 8, 2019. He is wanted for the May 2012 murder of his wife Estrella Carrera on the day after their wedding; she was found dead in a bathtub at her apartment in Burbank, Illinois.[1] Jimenez was the 522nd fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $250,000 for information leading to his capture.[2]

Arnoldo Jimenez
Photograph taken in 2011
Photograph taken in 2011
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive
Charges
Reward$250,000
AliasArnoldo Gimenez
Arnoldo Rochel Jimenez
Description
Born (1982-02-19) February 19, 1982 (age 42)
Texas, United States
NationalityAmerican
RaceHispanic
GenderMale
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
Status
AddedMay 8, 2019
Number522
Currently a Top Ten Fugitive

Background edit

Arnoldo Jimenez and Estrella Carrera were married on May 11, 2012, at Chicago City Hall. Carrera had two children, one 9-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, and a 2-year-old son with Jimenez.[3] The couple had dinner with family and friends that night and then headed to a night club, which they left around 4 a.m. on the morning of May 12.[4]

Murder edit

It is believed by the FBI that on the way home, the couple got into a heated argument in Jimenez's black 2006 four-door Maserati. Jimenez then fatally stabbed Carrera multiple times in his car and dragged her body into her apartment.[2] Carrera's body was dumped in the bathtub at her apartment,[2] and she was still wearing the same silver dress she wore to her wedding.[5]

Carrera was meant to pick up her children from family members on May 12, but she never showed up. Her family members then reported her missing to police. Her body was found inside her apartment on the afternoon of May 13.[2] Police confirmed there was no sign of a forced entry. Jimenez had also disappeared and his car was nowhere to be found.[6]

Three days later on May 15, Jimenez was charged with first degree murder and a state warrant was issued for his arrest. A federal warrant followed after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on May 17.[1]

Investigation edit

Investigators began tracking Jimenez and found that on May 12 he had used his cellphone in Chicago, then Southern Illinois. It was later used in Memphis, Tennessee, and then in Arkansas. On May 13 he had made calls from Houston and then in Hidalgo, Mexico.[7]

In September 2012, police made a drug arrest on Jimenez's brother, Humberto. During the search of his property, police discovered Arnoldo's black Maserati in the garage. Blood was found inside the car, leading police to the conclusion that Jimenez had killed Carrera in his car and dragged her body into the bathtub inside her apartment.[8] Police believe Humberto drove Arnoldo to Mexico in his car and left him there.[9]

The FBI believes Jimenez is still hiding in Durango, Mexico, specifically in the area of Santiago Papasquiaro.[1][10] He may also be hiding in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.[1][11]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Arnoldo Jimenez". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Archived from the original on May 8, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Arnoldo Jimenez Added to Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List". FBI. U.S. government, U.S. Department of Justice. May 8, 2019. Archived from the original on March 18, 2021. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Slain Newlywed Laid To Rest". CBS Chicago. May 19, 2012. Archived from the original on June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Warrant Issued For Husband Of Woman Slain In Dress From Wedding Night". CBS Chicago. May 15, 2012. Archived from the original on June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "Burbank Seeks FBI's Help In Finding Man Suspected Of Killing New Wife". CBS Chicago. May 16, 2012. Archived from the original on June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "FBI hunt husband who stabbed his new bride to death in her wedding dress". Metro. May 9, 2019. Archived from the original on June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Police Offering $10,000 Reward In Case Of Murdered Bride". CBS Chicago. May 24, 2012. Archived from the original on June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "FBI 10 Most Wanted: Arnoldo Jimenez added to list, wanted for Burbank murder; $100K reward offered". WLS-TV. May 8, 2019. Archived from the original on June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Estrella Carrera Murder: Car belonging to bride-slaying suspect found at Chicago home, police say". CBS News. October 5, 2012. Archived from the original on June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "FBI's new most wanted: Bride found dead on their wedding night". The Mercury News. May 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Arnoldo Jimenez Added to 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List". CNBNews. May 8, 2019.