One of FBI Most Wanted Extradited Back to Chicago

A former Southwest Side auto mechanic who was among the FBI’s most wanted is on his way back to Chicago to face kidnapping, rape and murder charges, authorities said.

Fidel Urbina was flying in from Mexico and was expected to land Tuesday at O’Hare International Airport, according to the FBI.

In September, after 17 years on the lam, Urbina was arrested by Mexican authorities in a tiny village called El Polvo in a remote part of the border state of Chihuahua.

Urbina was scheduled to appear in state court Wednesday, according to the FBI.

Urbina, a former auto mechanic, is a suspect in the brutal 1998 kidnapping and rape of a waitress and the subsequent alleged sexual assault and strangulation of 22-year-old Gabriela Torres, who’d brought her car into his Southwest Side shop for service.

Authorities found Torres’ body stuffed in the trunk of a car, which had been pushed into the alley in the 2300 block of West 50th Street and set ablaze. By the time police went to question Urbina, he’d vanished.

Urbina, who was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 2012 and whose case was profiled on the TV program “America’s Most Wanted,” was taken to a federal prison in Mexico City, where he had awaited extradition to the U.S. on federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, authorities said.

Urbina, who is in his early 40s, faces pending criminal charges in Cook County in both the 1998 kidnapping case as well as in the rape and slaying of Torres, records show.

Urbina, a native of Durango, Mexico, last lived in the 2100 block of South Fairfield Avenue in the city’s Little Village neighborhood.

Article Org: Chicago tribune.com

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