Edgardo Perez- Michigan- 2001 Mar 20, 2015 23:06:09 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Mar 20, 2015 23:06:09 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: amw.com archives)
Fugitive Profile as of March 21st, 2015 (based on 2007 AMW archive, FBI.Gov wanted poster):
Alias: Eddie Perez
Date(s) of Birth Used: May 19, 1982
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan
Weight: 140 to 160 pounds
Race: White (Hispanic)
Remarks: Perez has ties to Indiana, Michigan, Puerto Rico, and Tijuana, Mexico. Additionally, it was reported that he had a collection of books on how to be a fugitive, how to do money transactions over the Internet, and how to change identity and create fake identifications and documents.
Other Notes: Likes to work out, likes to befriend older men with money, could have a goatee
TIPS: If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Tips can also be submitted electronically to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov
UPDATE: As of January 16th, 2019, anyone with information on this fugitive's whereabouts can also call or text "In Pursuit" on the Investigation Discovery channel at 833-378-7783 and/or submit a tip at the show's website: www.InPursuitTips.com
Update #2: As of February 19th, 2024 anyone having information on Perez’s whereabouts can also call America’s Most Wanted at 1-866-AMW-TIPS and/or submit a tip at amwtips.com
Edgardo "Eddie" Luis Perez was aired at least twice on AMW. Below is the archive description of his case:
Teen Preyed On Older Men, Police Say
Health clubs are usually a good place to meet people and make friends, but what Gordon Machek, 55, never imagined is that a young gym buddy would later be accused of killing him.
Police say 19-year-old Edgardo Perez befriended Gordon Machek at a fitness center in October 2001, in Farmington Hills, Mich., and later killed him and made off with his credit cards.
But according to police, this may not have been the first time Perez tried to befriend a rich man to steal his identity and money. Police also say that Perez called off a plan to steal from a rich Indiana man bacause the intended victim was abroad.
According to police, Machek told his boyfriend, James Johnson, that he was going to spend the day with a young friend that he had met at the gym. Johnson, who was in Florida, became very concerned after he couldn't reach Machek for several days. But his initial worry grew stronger when he came across a message from Machek's credit card company saying that somebody was using his credit cards.
A Real Friend's Fear Is Confirmed
On October 25, Johnson thought there was no time to waste and asked his neighbor to take a look at the house. The neighbor didn't find anything strange, but Johnson wasn't satisfied and urged him to file a missing persons report.
After he returned from his trip to Florida, where he was overseeing construction of the home that he and Machek were building for their retirement, Johnson noticed that a piece of carpet had been cut out and a weight bench had been moved to cover the area. Machek's vacuum and a steamer trunk were also missing.
When police entered the house, they also found blood spots on the wall and in the living room, near the piece of carpet that had been removed. The mystery was now clear-- somebody had killed Gordon Machek.
Perez Executes His Plan
Investigators say Perez killed Gordon and then put the body inside the missing steamer trunk. He then drove away, dumped the body in a local lake or river, then returned to the house to clean up.
Police also say that the murder was not improvised. Instead, they say, Perez had laid out a plan to befriend Machek in order to steal his ID and his money to flee the country and escape a court appearance for a probation violation.
An important finding helped cops to connect Edgardo Perez to Machek's disappearance. At Perez' home, police also found books like, "The Master Guide to Identity Theft," and "Principals of Banking"-- all clear indications to them that Perez had meticulously planned the attack.
After phase one of Perez's plan was complete, police say he used Machek's credit cards in a hair salon and several restaurants in Birmingham, Mich. They also say that, in one instance, Perez couldn't withdraw money from the victim's accounts and called Machek's bank to try to get the money.
Police had access to this telephone conversation and surveillance video from a camera at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, which shows Perez boarding a plane to Mexico. Police say this is the last time they saw Perez, but DNA evidence from the blood stains discovered at Machek's house have linked Perez to Gordon Machek's murder.
Thoughts? Obviously, there is no question Edgardo Perez boarded a plane to Mexico. But the bigger question for me is could he be back in the United States once again trying to scam older men? Perez is still relatively young at 32 years old. One would think he would eventually need more money. This is why guys like Jason Brown and Perez- who allegedly kill someone for financial gain- are so important to find- because once that money runs out, there's no telling what they'll try to do next.
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