FBI offering $100,000 for info leading to arrest of Tacoma murder suspect

Mar 11 2020, 10:26 am

The FBI is offering up to a reward of up to $100,000 for any information leading to the arrest of a Tacoma man wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

According to the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List, 28-year-old Santiago Villalba Mederos is wanted by the FBI on a US-wide warrant for murder in the first degree, attempted murder in the first degree, conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree, and murder in the second degree.

Mederos has been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List since 2017.

The FBI believes Mederos is part of the Eastside Lokotes Sureno gang and is responsible for two separate fatal shootings in Tacoma in 2010.

Authorities say that he “fired multiple shots into a random car, killing a 20-year-old girl and seriously wounding her brother.” He’s also allegedly fired a single gunshot towards bystanders of a fight, striking and killing an innocent 21-year-old male victim.

He has ties to Washington State as well as the states of Guerro and Morelos in Mexico. He speaks both English and Spanish.

Santiago Villalba Mederos

FBI

Mederos is described as being 140 lbs, 5’10″, with brown eyes, black hair, a tattoo on his left shoulder of the letter S, and another tattoo on his left shoulder of the letter E.

He may also be known by the names “Pucho,” “Stretch,” Santiago Mederes, Santiago Mederos, Santiago V. Mederos, or Santiago Medeors.

Authorities are warning the public to not take action in apprehending Mederos, as he is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous.

Any information about Mederos or his whereabouts should be reported to 1800-Call-FBI, tips.fbi.gov, your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.