Luis Octavio Frias, 34, who allegedly stabbed his ex-wife, Janett Reyna, a former police officer with the Blackwell Police Department, 41 times in front of her young children, is being sought by the U.S. Marshals and they are asking the public for information that could lead to his arrest.
Frias, the murder suspect in this investigation was recently added to the Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitive list, as a means to intensify the search and garner more widespread attention to the case.
(A man wanted in connection with the 2013 slaying of his ex-wife in Blackwell has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted list. Courtesy of The Oklahoman and YouTube. Posted on Nov 9, 2018.)
“Our 15 Most Wanted list is reserved for fugitives we consider the worst of the worst,” said U.S. Marshals Service Deputy Director David Anderson.
“It is without a doubt, Frias deserves to be on that list.”
“The U.S. Marshals and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners will use every available resource to bring Frias to justice for this heinous crime.”
On Aug. 8, 2013, Frias lay in wait for Reyna, as she arrived to pick up her three young children at their grandmother’s home.
Frias attacked her as she entered the residence, and allegedly stabbed Reyna 41 times, killing her in front of her children.
Reyna had filed a protection order against Frias just two days prior to her death.
“Janett Reyna’s death not only devastated the lives of her children, it also devastated her community,” said U.S. Marshal Johnny Lee Kuhlman of the Western District of Oklahoma.
“As a former police officer with the Blackwell Police Department, Reyna took an oath to protect and serve, and she did so honorably, especially for the most vulnerable.”
“When Reyna was killed, she was serving as the domestic violence prevention coordinator for the Ponca Tribal Police Department, where she worked tirelessly to protect victims from the same violence and abuse that ultimately ended her life,” said Kuhlman.
“The Marshals are determined to bring Frias to justice for this senseless crime, and we implore the public to help us make that happen.”
Soon after the crime, the Kay County Sheriff’s Office charged Frias with first-degree murder.
Authorities believe Frias fled the country and may have crossed the border into Mexico, but they are asking the public to be vigilant, because he could be anywhere.
Frias is a 5-foot-11 white male weighing approximately 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Other unique physical characteristics include a tattoo on his left arm and discoloration on both hands due to a skin condition called vitiligo.
Frias may be using the alias Louis Beltran in an attempt to hide his true identity.
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered by the U.S. Marshals for information leading directly to his arrest.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.