Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Fingerprint for California driver’s license comes back to haunt Chicago Illegal Beaner wanted for 1994 shooting
Jose Hernandez Saldana’s fingerprint has come back to haunt him.
Saldana was wanted for a 1994 shooting in Chicago. He went to his estranged wife’s house and wounded Carlos Munoz with a bullet to the back of the head, authorities said.
A warrant was issued for Saldana’s arrest on a charge of attempted murder, but he vanished and police closed their case in 1996.
Earlier this year, Chicago Police cold-case detectives re-opened the investigation and with the help of the FBI, found Saldana in California based on a fingerprint.
Investigators had learned one of Saldana’s sons was arrested in California and the son’s vehicle was impounded. The vehicle was released to Carlos Rosalio Gonzalez, 54.
The FBI compared Saldana’s fingerprints with a fingerprint submitted for a California driver’s license in Gonzalez’s name.
On Wednesday, the FBI’s Special Processing Center in Clarksburg, W.Va., determined the prints matched and Gonzalez was really Saldana.
On Thursday, Saldana was arrested on the 1994 warrant for attempted murder. He was being held Monday in a Los Angeles jail without bail.