Fugitive Altered Fingerprints to Avoid Capture: FBI

Jose "Joe" Luis Saenz used about 20 aliases officials said

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, Nov 26, 2012  |  Updated 12:23 PM 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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An FBI “10 Most Wanted” fugitive captured Thursday in Mexico tried everything from gaining weight to altering his fingerprints in an attempt to avoid capture officials said.

Jose "Joe" Luis Saenz is in custody in Los Angeles where he’s a suspect in four homicides.

The FBI says a $100,000 reward helped them capture Saenz who was working for a drug cartel when he was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Saenz tried to hide by gaining weight, removing tattoos and trying to alter his fingerprints according to agents.

He also used about 20 aliases during his time on the run and was living in an apartment over a beauty shop at the time of his arrest.

“Not guilty for life," Saenz said as he was escorted to a vehicle at LAX.

Arraignment was scheduled Monday for Saenz.

He’s accused in the murder of two men in Los Angeles 14 years ago. He’s also accused of kidnapping, raping and killing the mother of his daughter for threatening to turn him in, and killing a Whittier man in 2008 over a drug debt.

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