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  • 09 / 27 / 2013

The FBI has captured fugitive Santiago Pedroso in the Philippines, 20 years after he allegedly gunned down his wife's friend in a crowded U.S. restaurant.

FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives Pedroso, 71, is back in the U.S. to face murder charges in the death of 41-year-old Delores Alvarez.

Pedroso's estranged wife, Maria Gomez, had moved in with Alvarez shortly before he ran into them at a restaurant in 1992, according to newspaper reports at the time.

Pedroso allegedly shot Alvarez five times as his teenage daughter shouted for him to stop, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Pedroso walked out of the restaurant and disappeared, investigators said at the time.

Authorities in the Philippines arrested him outside the U.S. embassy in Manila on Sept. 9 and deported him. He was arraigned Friday on charges that include murder, illegal possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

The Inquirer article described Pedroso as a "spiritualist" who ran a religious bookstore. Shortly before she was killed, Alvarez had moved to Philadelphia from Newport Beach, Calif., where she was a well-liked employee for Hughes Aircraft Corp., according to news reports.

Pedroso is due in court on Oct. 9 for a preliminary hearing.


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