U.S. Marshals have captured a fugitive who was wanted for murder, who was profiled on the Investigation Discovery TV series “In Pursuit with John Walsh.” The cable channel sent out a release about the arrest of Luis Frias, who was profiled on the premiere episode of the show Jan. 16.
Frias, from Blackwell, Okla., had been on the Marshals’ “15 Most Wanted” list. ID adds that he “has been on John Walsh’s personal most wanted list since 2013 after allegedly stabbing his ex-wife, Janett Reyna, to death in front of their children. Thanks to a tip from a brave viewer of ‘In Pursuit,’ Frias arrived back on U.S. soil earlier today where U.S. Marshals used the same handcuffs issued to the victim when she was a police officer with the Blackwell Police Department.”
Walsh, who is the show’s host and executive producer, said in a statement: “Our fans and viewers did it again! The first fugitive on the very first episode of ‘In Pursuit’ has been captured and will brought to justice. A victim’s family doesn’t have to look over their shoulders anymore. Luis Frias, wanted for the murder of his ex-wife Janett Reyna, has been apprehended in Mexico from a direct tip from one of our brave ID viewers and thanks to our great partners, the U.S. Marshals. Keep looking out for each other out there, and I promise, we will keep listening.”
Henry Schleiff, Group President for Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, added: “We are thrilled that our ID audience has helped lead to the arrest of fugitive Luis Frias, hopefully beginning a path of healing to the Reyna family. Investigation Discovery is honored to be the home of ‘In Pursuit with John Walsh,’ where we can shine a klieg light on some of the most wanted fugitives in this country. I am so very proud of our viewers for taking a stand, today, to actively engage in the justice system and believe this is only the beginning of our incredibly profound work with John to help bring fugitives to justice and, hopefully, recover some missing children.”
The ID announcement adds: “Suspecting some fugitives have fled the country, ‘In Pursuit with John Walsh’ is being broadcast globally with Investigation Discovery’s worldwide reach as part of Discovery Inc. The series is simulcast in Canada, while Mexico began broadcasting on January 31. The rest of Latin America began broadcasting on January 30, and the series will roll out globally throughout February. ‘In Pursuit with John Walsh’ airs domestically on Wednesdays at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.”