OKLAHOMA CITY - A fugitive wanted in connection to a 2013 homicide case has been added to the nation's 'most wanted' list.
Luis Frias is accused of murdering his wife, Janett Reyna, on August 8, 2013 and fleeing from prosecution. According to investigators, Reyna was stabbed more than 40 times front of her children in a Blackwell, Oklahoma apartment.
Reyna was 29 years old at the time and had gotten a protective order against Frias days prior to her death.
"It’s ironic that Ms. Reyna was serving as domestic violence prevention coordinator for the Ponca Tribal Police Department at the time of her death," said Johnny Kuhlman, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma. "In her job, she worked tirelessly to protect victims from the same violence and abuse that ultimately ended her life."
On Friday, the U.S. Marshals announced Frias has been added to the list of the '15 Most Wanted' list. The program started in 1983, focusing on the most violent offenders and career offenders.
According to Kulhman, the list includes "the worst of the worst."
"What he (Frias) brutally did to this young lady, he’ll do it to anybody else. He’s a danger to our community, and he deserves to be in jail," he said.
For the past five years, investigators have followed tips across the country. None, however, have led to Frias' arrest.
The search has included several agencies including the FBI and the Blackwell Police Department. Officers Reyna worked with responded to the apartment where she was found.
"I just pray that everybody that sees this will somehow, if they know anything about Luis’ whereabouts or anything like that, help us bring him to justice so he can have his day in court," said Blackwell police chief Dewayne Wood on Friday at a press conference. "This murder rocked our community. It’s something we don’t see in north-central rural Oklahoma. We’re a small town, 6,800 people."
Frias' name will remain on the list until his capture.
Kay County District Attorney Bryan Hermanson warned those who assist Frias could also face charges.
"People have tried to help him in the past. One of those persons is his mother, and she’s now serving 20 years for being an accessory after the fact another person that tried to help him and drove him out of town that day, she was convicted," Hermanson said.
We're told the last Oklahoman to be added to the list was wanted for a 2004 homicide. That suspect was eventually arrested in 2009.
Anyone with information is urged to call 1-877-926-8332. There is a reward of up to $25,000.