Humberto & Omar Vasquez - Texas - 1982 Jan 14, 2017 2:38:06 GMT -5
Post by HeadMarshal on Jan 14, 2017 2:38:06 GMT -5
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In more detail, back in 1982, Humberto and Omar Vasquez were living at an apartment complex in El Paso, Texas when they were evicted. Authorities say the brothers got their revenge on the apartment manager by spreading gasoline all throughout the apartment and setting the building on fire. Despite the best efforts of other tenants and passersby, six residents died in the blaze, one of the victims was only 4-5 years old.
The brothers then fled to Mexico initially. However, according to a 1990 Newspapers.com article entry, they were sighted in Kerrville, Texas at a Salvation Army thrift store. They had just been featured on a regional Crimestoppers tv show. Humberto was reportedly last seen in Kerrville getting on a bus for nearby San Antonio. The last reference to this case was from a 2004 piece courtesy of Newslibrary, where it mentions briefly that the brothers were never caught.
Based on crime location, it is advised to contact the El Paso Police Department at (915) 212-4000 if you have any information on the whereabouts of Humberto or Omar Vasquez.
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Thoughts? Humberto and Omar Vasquez were also referenced in the Master List of AMW fugitives that we received in 2015 so at some point during the 1990s they were aired on the show. I honestly have to wonder if the reason that this horrific case hasn't gotten more attention is because this was an arson and not a stabbing, shooting on bludgeoning murder for instance. Setting fire to a building and having your victims die in a fire is just as bad, especially when the death total is six and includes a young child!
I don't know for 100% certainty if these two are still wanted but I say with 90% certainty that they're still wanted since I imagine the local media in El Paso would definitely do a capture report on these two. Thankfully I could find something in the newspaper archives that was saved after all these years. It even sounds like Humberto and Omar might still be in Texas or travelling back and forth between Texas and Mexico, so I think with the right media attention that they are quite catchable.