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Walter Yovany Gomez. (FBI photo) Walter Yovany Gomez. (FBI photo)

NEWARK -- A New Jersey gang member on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, sought in connection to a brutal murder, has been arrested in Virginia, officials said.

Walter Yovany Gomez is accused of taking part in the Plainfield killing Julio Matute on May 15, 2011 -- a murder that authorities claim was part of Gomez's initiation process to become a member of the international street gang, MS-13. 

Federal authorities based in Newark announced Saturday Gomez had been arrested in Woodbridge, Va., after receiving a tip from the public. 

"The apprehension of Walter Yovany Gomez is a prime example of the close coordination between the vigilant public and the hard working men and women of law enforcement," Timothy Gallagher, special agent in charge of the FBI's Newark Division, said in a statement.

Gomez, of Honduras, will face charges of murder and racketeering once he is extradited to New Jersey, the release said. 

Gomez, who was in his 20s during the killing, and a co-conspirator allegedly ambushed Matute, beat him with a baseball bat, sliced his throat and stabbed him 17 times with a screw driver because they believed Matute had socialized with a rival gang, authorities said. 

Gomez was indicted in September 2013 on federal racketeering charges along with 13 others as part of an FBI probe, but Gomez escaped during the raids of the Plainfield chapter of the gang. 

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