The ninth woman ever to make the FBI Most Wanted list has been captured in Mexico, the FBI announced late Friday.
Agents from Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office arrested Brenda Delgado in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico, just two days after she was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Delgado, a 33-year-old Mexican citizen, allegedly hired two hitmen in a jealous rage to kill Dr. Kendra Hatcher, a Texas dentist who was dating Delgado’s ex-boyfriend. The FBI believes Delgado was set off when Hatcher met her ex-boyfriend’s parents.
“Apparently she was jealous because the victim was dating her ex-boyfriend,” Special Agent Jason Ibrahim, a member of the FBI’s Dallas Violent Crimes Task Force, said in a statement.
Delgado allegedly told one of the hired guns she was connected to a Mexican cartel and could get him drugs. Hatcher was fatally shot in her apartment’s parking garage in September. Three other people have been arrested in the killing.
“Brenda Delgado was able to effectively manipulate everyone she involved in her calculated scheme,” Thomas M. Class Sr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas Division, said in a statement. “Although she didn’t pull the trigger herself, she is still responsible for the murder.”
Delgado is charged with capital murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. She will likely be extradited to the U.S. for trial, but will probably not face the death penalty as part of the extradition agreement.
“Because our constitution doesn’t have the capital murder or death penalty, our government asks for the U.S. government put in writing that they are not looking for the death penalty,” said Mexican Consul General Sergio Hayakawa.
The extradition may take months or even a year. Delgado was the ninth woman of a total of 506 suspects put on the FBI Most Wanted list.
“The FBI is extremely appreciative of our law enforcement partners in Mexico, as well as our local, state, and federal partners, for their tremendous cooperation and collaboration in the capture of Top Ten Fugitive Brenda Delgado,” Thomas M. Class, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, said in a statement.
Check out the rest of the FBI’s Most Wanted list here.
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