Suspect in 2001 Murder Arrested in Mexico Faces Extradition to US

A fugitive was arrested this week in Mexico in connection with a Schaumburg slaying that went cold for 10 years.

Jose Camacho, 43, was arrested by Mexican police and is expected to be extradited to the U.S. on first-degree murder charges in the 2001 death of 28-year-old Flavio Venancio, of Hanover Park, Schaumburg police said Wednesday.

On May 25, 2001, Venancio was found by a mosquito abatement employee floating in a pond near the Schaumburg Metra station. An autopsy showed Venancio had been beaten, stabbed and drowned.

Investigators believe Camacho, who also once lived in Hanover Park, stabbed Venancio during an alcohol-fueled argument. The two were acquaintances and had been drinking in Hanover Park the night of Venancio’s death, said Sgt. John Nebl.

The pair decided to go out to buy food and more beer when they took a wrong turn, ending up near the Schaumburg train station and crashed their car into a guard rail, Nebl said. At that point, an argument broke out and Venancio was stabbed, he said.

Investigators within weeks identified Camacho as the offender, and issued an arrest warrant for first-degree murder charges. But, Nebl said, Camacho fled the state around that time.

Police said he was living in Anaheim, Calif., for a while, but learned in the last year Camacho was in Mexico. A 2009 FBI profile of Camacho led to his whereabouts, Nebl said, adding he couldn’t go into specifics on how police found him.

Nebl said he isn’t sure of the circumstances surrounding Camacho’s arrest in Mexico. Cook County prosecutors are working with the Mexican government in the extradition process. No hearing dates have been set.

“This doesn’t happen very often in Schaumburg,” Nebl said. “For us to have such a long time (without an arrest) in a case of this nature, it is more of a rarity.”

Venancio, who was a janitor in Streamwood, arrived in the United States from Mexico about nine months before he died, police said at the time of his death. Venancio also used the name Pasqual Fernandez, according to police.

This article was written by Kate Thayer and published by TribLocal Reporter on September 7, 2011.

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