By the FBI
Arnoldo Jimenez, wanted for allegedly murdering his new bride less than 24 hours after marrying her, has been named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
His wife, Estrella Carrera, 26, was found dead in the bathtub of her Burbank, Illinois, home, still in the dress she wore to her wedding reception.
A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to Jimenez’s capture.
Jimenez and Carrera married in a city hall ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2012, and then attended a celebration with family and friends.
Burbank police and the FBI believe Jimenez and his bride got into an argument in Jimenez’s black Maserati as they were traveling home from the reception in the early morning hours of May 12, 2012.
“We believe she was stabbed in the vehicle and then dragged back into the apartment and left bleeding in the bathtub,” said Special Agent Steve Barnard, who is working the case out of the FBI’s Chicago Field Office.
Carrera’s family became alarmed when she did not arrive to pick up her children—a 2-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter—as planned. The family asked law enforcement to perform a wellness check on Sunday, May 13, 2012, during which Carrera’s body was discovered.
Jimenez was added to the list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives because of his violent nature, his alleged involvement in his wife’s killing, and his efforts to evade capture.
Jimenez, 37, is the 522nd fugitive to be named to the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, which has been in existence since 1950.
(A reward of up to $100,000 is available for information leading to the arrest of Arnoldo Jimenez, who is wanted for murdering his 26-year-old bride less than 24 hours after marrying her. Courtesy of the FBI and YouTube. Posted on May 8, 2019.)
“He has a criminal past and a history of violence. We want to bring him to justice.”
Steve Barnard, special agent, FBI Chicago
“He has a criminal past and a history of violence,” Barnard said, stressing that multiple law enforcement agencies have put considerable time into investigating the case and searching for Jimenez: “We want to bring him to justice.”
Jimenez is reported to be 6 feet tall, between 200 and 225 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Jimenez was charged with first degree murder by the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest on May 15, 2012.
A federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, on May 17, 2012, after Jimenez was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
“Arnoldo Jimenez is accused of brutally stabbing his wife to death just hours after their wedding,” explained FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Chicago Field Office Jeffrey S. Sallet.
“Because of this horrific crime, a family has forever lost their mother, daughter, and sister.”
“Our local, state, and federal partners have worked tirelessly on this investigation, and we are now asking for the public’s assistance to ensure that Jimenez is swiftly brought to justice.”
“I first want to express my condolences to the victim’s family for their tragic loss seven years ago, and thank the FBI for their assistance, commitment, and dedication in our investigation,” added Chief Richard Shore of the Burbank Police Department (BPD).
“This collaborative partnership will continue until Arnoldo Jimenez is apprehended and brought to justice, and I ask for the public’s assistance in locating Arnoldo Jimenez.”
Jimenez may have fled to Durango, Mexico, specifically in the area of Santiago Papasquiaro. He may also frequent Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He has previously resided in Chicago, Illinois.
Jimenez also uses the aliases Arnoldo Gimenez and Arnoldo Rochel Jimenz.
He is described as follows:
- DOB Used: February 19, 1982
- Place of Birth: Texas
- Hair: Black
- Eyes: Brown
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 200 to 225 pounds
- Race: White (Hispanic)
- Nationality: American
Additional information and wanted posters in English and Spanish can be found here: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten.
Jimenez may have fled to Durango, Mexico, specifically in the area of Santiago Papasquiaro.
He may also frequent Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is no longer in possession of the black Maserati.
If you have any information concerning Arnoldo Jimenez, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or contact your nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
Tips can also be submitted at tips.fbi.gov.
(May 11, 2012 should have been the happiest day of Estrella Carrera’s life. Instead it was the last. Courtesy of HLN and YouTube. Posted on Dec 3, 2012.)
The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list was established in March 1950, and since then, 488 fugitives have been apprehended or located; 162 of them were apprehended as a result of citizen cooperation.
Since its inception, there have been 30 fugitives wanted from the Chicago region placed on the list, and an additional, 29 fugitives that have been placed on the list were arrested in the Chicago region.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of Arnoldo Jimenez.
SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS
Anyone with information concerning Jimenez should take no action themselves, but should immediately contact the nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency.
All information can remain anonymous and confidentiality is guaranteed. Individuals from outside of the United States should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Calls may also be directed to 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), and the FBI’s Chicago Field Office may be reached at 312-421-6700.
This fugitive investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (SSMCTF) in Chicago.
Formed in 1999, the SSMCTF is comprised of 58 south and southwest suburban departments, along with personnel from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, Illinois State Police, and federal partners.
The SSMCTF has approximately 150 investigators and crime scene personnel at its disposal, serving a population area of approximately one million.
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