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MAN WANTED IN 2000 CHICAGO MURDER RETURNED TO COOK COUNTY TO FACE CHARGES

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Thursday, October 31, 2013A man wanted in the 2000 stabbing death of a 19-year-old woman has returned to Cook County to face charges, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.

Raul TolentinoMembers of the Chicago’s FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and members of the Sheriff’s Central Warrant Unit took custody of Raul Tolentino, 42, late Wednesday after his flight from Mexico landed at O’Hare International Airport. He was escorted on that flight by FBI special agents.

Tolentino was charged in January 2000 with the murder of Alma Chavez, his ex-girlfriend, who had been stabbed to death in the 2300 block of West Cullerton Street in Chicago.

Tolentino posted bond in June 2000. A no-bond warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to appear for a July 2000 court date.

It was believed that Tolentino had fled to Mexico.

During the course of their investigation, the FBI Fugitive Task Force learned that Tolentino was in Morelia, Mexico. He was arrested by Mexican authorities on Feb.15, 2013. Extradition was approved by Mexican authorities on Oct. 15.

Tolentino is scheduled to appear in bond court today at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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