Man Wanted for 2008 Lake Charles Murder Captured After Being Named to FBI’s Top Ten Fugitive List
He's the man wanted for the 2008 murder of 26-year-old Wanda Barton. He's been on the run ever since, and in 2013, he was name to the FBI's Top Ten Fugitive List. And now he's back in Lake Charles after being captured in Mexico.
The FBI joined with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and District Attorney John DeRosier today to announce Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara's capture. He allegedly broke into Barton's home, brutally raping and stabbing here in front of her four-year-old stepson. He faces second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary charges.
Guevara eventually surrendered to Mexican authorities and was extradited back to the U.S. yesterday.
“This has been six long years for Mrs. Barton’s family and I am so pleased Guevara will now face prosecution for the senseless murder of their loved one, Wanda Barton,” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “I would also like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the FBI for their assistance in getting Guevara back to Calcasieu Parish, as well as placing him on the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’ list. This extradition would not have been possible without them.” -- FBI press release
Guevara joined the FBI's fugitive list in June 2013. His capture and return to Lake Charles was a joint effort by the Lake Charles Resident Agency of the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office, the FBI Legal Attaché in Mexico City, Mexico and special agents of the Diplomatic Security Service assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.