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Posted on: September 23, 2021

Month-long investigation concludes with arrest of "Top 100 Most Wanted" Interpol suspect

Erick Salvador Hernandez Bonilla Crime Stopper El Salvador flier

Bluffton Police Department’s month-long investigation of Interpol’s “100 Most Wanted,” concluded with the arrest of Eric Salvador Hernandez Bonilla, 23, in Lady’s Island today. 

The month-long investigation, which was triggered by an anonymous source, led to the location of Bonilla in Bluffton’s town limits. Bluffton Police Department, working with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshal Service and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led to the successful conclusion of this “Red Notice.” 

Interpol, an international law enforcement organization, issues Red Notices for fugitives who are wanted for prosecution or to serve a sentence. These notices are issued to alert and request law enforcement agencies worldwide to locate and arrest a suspect. 

Bonilla’s arrest warrant listed (6) murder charges and one terrorist threat charge for his MS13 gang-related activities in El Salvador.

“I am proud and grateful of the anonymous source who contacted the Bluffton Police Department and whose efforts resulted in a successful arrest of this dangerous suspect,” Chief Stephenie Price said. “The anonymous source put the community’s safety above personal safety and this person deserves much credit. “I am also proud of the Bluffton officers and investigators who worked this case to remove this individual from our community. This operation involved a network of local, federal and international law enforcement agencies to ensure our community is now safer and the suspect will be accountable for his actions.”

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