Local suspect put on FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list

first_img“This man was a dead man,” Sheriff Lee Baca said of Schaap. “You can see by the scar on his head, he’s a standing miracle.” Baca said gang members are increasingly using the “weapons of war” to attack police. “The question we need to ask ourselves is, `Who will be the next dead cop by the hands of a gang member killed by an assault weapon?”‘ Baca asked. J. Stephen Tidwell, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said that efforts were made to include a gang member from Los Angeles on the list, something Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vowed to accomplish last month. On the 57th anniversary of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, officials Wednesday added the name of Emigdio Preciado Jr. to the infamous list. Preciado, a member of the Southside Whittier Mexican street gang, joins the likes of terrorist suspect Osama Bin Laden and Irish American mobster James J. Bulger. A U.S. citizen believed to be hiding in Mexico, Preciado, 37, is accused of attempted murder and other crimes for allegedly ambushing two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies with an AK-47 in September 2000. Deputy Michael Schaap was hit in the forehead, but survived. His partner, David Timberlake, was not injured. “One of the most prominent ones we wanted to get (on the list), we believe he was in El Salvador.” But Tidwell said El Salvador doesn’t allow the extradition of Salvadoran nationals facing charges in the U.S. rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img