Queens Murder Suspect Extradited from Mexico After Decades on Run

May 5, 2012 Updated: May 8, 2012

NEW YORK—A man wanted for an alleged murder in Queens in July 1991 was extradited to the city after more than 20 years on the run, according to law enforcement officials.

Nikolay Natividad allegedly killed Jamal Salas-Joya in 1991 on Junction Boulevard in Queens, shooting him four times in the leg and back. Natividad was arrested by Mexican Federal Police in June 2010 but had appealed his extradition in Mexico.

In the later evening of Thursday, the FBI’s New York Field Office and NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced that Natividad had landed at LaGuardia International Airport at 6:15pm.

“Mr. Natividad was brought home to face the justice he evaded for more than 20 years,” stated Janice Fedarcyk, FBI assistant director, in a press release. “The FBI remains committed to locating fugitives who evade both the law and their capture.”

The NYPD’s Cold Case Squad was thanked by Commissioner Kelly for “tenaciously pursuing” the suspect “for many years.”

A warrant for Natividad’s arrest had been issued in early 2009 with a red notice through Interpol coming later that year. According to the release, the Mexican government and Queens District Attorney’s Office helped with the extradition.

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