photograph taken in 2005
|FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives|
|Born||July 18, 1975|
|Added||June 2, 2007|
|Currently A Top Ten Fugitive|
Alexis Flores (born July 18, 1975) is a Honduran fugitive wanted for the kidnapping, rape and murder of five-year-old Iriana DeJesus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2000. Flores is the 487th fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
Flores was born in Honduras in 1975, although has used dates of birth ranging from 1975 to 1982. Flores has claimed he received a large surgical scar on his neck as a result of an injury sustained in Hurricane Mitch in Honduras in 1998.
Kidnapping and murder charges
In the summer of 2000, "Carlo" or "Carlos", an itinerant homeless drifter, had been given shelter, clothing and work as a handyman by Hunting Park, Philadelphia, resident Jorge Contreras. On August 3, five days after she had been reported missing, the body of five year-old Iriana DeJesus was found in the basement of an empty apartment building where "Carlos" is believed to have stayed. She had been sexually assaulted, strangled and wrapped in a trash bag. A T-shirt bearing a distinct political logo was found near DeJesus' body with her blood on it. When police questioned Contreras about the shirt, he recognized it as one of the articles of clothing he had lent to Carlos, who had not been seen in the area since the girl was reported missing. "Carlos" then became wanted for questioning and a sketch of him was profiled on America's Most Wanted.
Arrests and deportation
Alexis Flores, an illegal immigrant, was arrested for shoplifting in Arizona in 2002. Two years later, police came to Flores' residence in response to a noise complaint. After giving fraudulent identity documents to police, Flores was arrested for possession of a forgery device, a felony in Arizona. When he was arrested, Flores had a welcoming demeanor and was friendly. Upon entering his apartment for further investigation, officers noticed pornography spread out across the floors. He also had his refrigerator fully stocked with Kool-Aid. Flores told immigration officials that he had lived in Schaumburg, Illinois, prior to living in Phoenix. He was incarcerated for 60 days and deported to Honduras after his release in June 2005.
DNA match and addition to FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
In 2006, Flores' DNA sample taken in Arizona was added to the Combined DNA Index System. In March 2007, his DNA sample positively matched to "Carlos'" DNA left at the crime scene in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It has been determined that "Carlos" and Flores are the same person.
On March 22, 2007, a local arrest warrant was obtained in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Flores was charged with murder and various other felonies. On the same date, a federal arrest warrant for Flores was obtained in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Flores was added to the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on June 2, 2007. He replaced Shauntay Henderson on the list. There is a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to Flores' capture offered by the FBI. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous. Flores is fluent in Spanish and English and believed to be either in his native Honduras or having returned to the United States.
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- "FBI adds child murder suspect to Top 10 list". CNN. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
- Flores' FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Alert
- Flores' profile on America's Most Wanted
- FBI press release announcing Flores' addition to the list