FBI says ‘Most Wanted’ suspect wanted in 2011 murder captured

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FBI Denver Special Agents escort Rivera Gracias from plane. (Photo: FBI)

DENVER — One of the FBI’s most wanted criminals, Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, the suspect in a stabbing death of Denver resident Richard Limon, has been captured.

Gracias, who has been living in El Salvador, “voluntarily returned to the United States to face charges,” said FBI spokesman Dave Joly.

The FBI sent a plane to El Salvador to pickup Gracias, who was handed over to local authorities Wednesday.

Gracias was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list March 14.

He’s wanted in connection with Limon’s slaying, which happened in August 2011.

Limon was choked, beaten and stabbed and dumped in the mountains outside Denver, the FBI said.

Gracias is a member of the La Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 gang.

“MS-13 is one of the most violent gangs in the United States, and Rivera Gracis appears to have embraced that lifestyle,” said Special Agent Phil Niedringhaus, who leads the FBI’s violent crimes squad in Denver.

Gracias fled Denver and was believed to be living in his native El Salvador.

The FBI said Gracias has ties to other MS-13 gang members in Colorado, Los Angeles and El Salvador.

Gracias voluntarily returned to the U.S. to face charges, and the FBI’s sent an aircraft to transport Gracias back to Denver.

The victim’s daughter, Michelle Limon, told FOX31 Denver she wanted to thank everyone who helped track down Gracias.

“I just miss him (my dad) a lot. Hope he can finally rest in peace and everyone can move on and get on with their lives. Finally everyone will be held accountable for what they’ve done,” Michelle Limon said.