Sword wielding murder fugitive arrested

Jesus “Chuey” Canales is now in custody and will be arraigned at Antelope Valley Superior court on Monday, November 18 for murder of 26-year-old Lucy Preciado.

Jesus “Chuey” Canales is now in custody and will be arraigned at Antelope Valley Superior court on Monday, November 18 for the 2008 murder of 26-year-old Lucy Preciado.

LANCASTER – A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in front of their children in a Lancaster apartment five years ago has been captured in Mexico, authorities said.

Jesus “Chuey” Canales, who’s been on the run since the 2008 murder of Lucy Preciado, was detained by Mexican Authorities on Thursday and extradited to Los Angeles on Friday to face charges in the sword slaying, according to a press release by the LASDHomicide Bureau. Read it below:

On July 12, 2008, victim Lucy Preciado was murdered in her apartment in Lancaster, California. The suspect, Jesus “Chuey” Canales, allegedly used a sword to kill the victim in front of her small children. Detectives originally tracked Suspect Canales to New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and El Salvador. The crime was covered extensively by America’s Most Wanted, which featured the young daughter’s “911” call.

Lucy Preciado

Lucy Preciado

On July 16, 2008, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Homicide detectives presented the case to the Antelope Valley Branch of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The Detectives also obtained a felony arrest warrant for Murder and Child Endangerment with a bail amount of $1,400,000.

Jesus Canales is a native of El Salvador, who was residing in Lancaster, California when the murder occurred. Homicide Detectives developed information that Jesus Canales may possibly be residing in a small town in Jalisco, Mexico. LASD Homicide detectives utilized LASD Major Crimes detectives, the United States Marshal’s Service and Mexican Authorities, in an attempt to arrest the suspect and return him to Los Angeles County.

On November 14, 2013, suspect Canales was detained by Mexican Authorities at the request of the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Mexican authorities expelled him from the country and released him to the U.S. Marshals.

On November 15, 2013, suspect Canales was flown to Los Angeles International Airport. Upon his arrival, homicide detectives took custody of Jesus Canales and placed him under arrest. Suspect Canales was transported to Century Regional Detention Facility and booked for the murder warrant. Suspect Canales will be arraigned at Antelope Valley Superior court on Monday, November 18, 2013.

  13 comments for “Sword wielding murder fugitive arrested

  1. d crowell
    May 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I remember seeing this on America’s most wanted and the little girl, I’ve been praying for those kids and that they get him thank God my prays were answered, God is good, now they need to lock him up and through away the key…… the little girl should be about 14 or 15 now I pray God be with her while the trial is going on….

  2. _babytiny_
    November 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    R.I.P Lucy my beautiful cousin <3 you will always be in our hearts mamas, we all love and miss u so much, this foo will pay for every thing he did to you , we will get you the justice you deserve. We will fight till the end to make everything right. This man is a horrible person and was a horrible man to do this in frount of his kids. i hope he rotes in hell.

  3. Johnny Trece
    November 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    It’s funny how they can catch all these U.S. criminals in Mexico with the help of Mexican authorities but for some reason they can’t seem to capture “El Chapo” Guzman. My theory is that the Mexican government is secretly protecting him from capture. It way too obvious why they are doing that. (hint: $)

  4. Silver808
    November 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

    R.I.P. Lucy! I didnt get a chance to meet you, But you are in a definite better place without this Chupacabra ass fool! And your famz is definitly keeping the Strength and Legend of you here. You will never be forgotten.
    Way to Go US Marshalls and Big Up Jalisco,s LEO’s for keeping their eyes out for the S.O.B.! See if this guy can make it to sentencing!

  5. Gaby
    November 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Sad times again for my dear friend Juan Preciado..God help him for not jumping and hurt this demon..!

  6. Araceli
    November 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I hope he gets what he deserves . We miss you lucy .you will never be forgotten amiga ♥♥♥

    • d crowell
      May 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Me too

  7. NRA member
    November 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    What kind of coward can hurt a woman like that??? In front of the children?? He was probably high to the point of insanity…

    • Sissy
      November 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Hopefully, no insanity if you know what I mean…..

  8. matt
    November 16, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I knew this Guy and played pool and darts with him all the time
    I knew hus just and wife, this is what happens when you do drugs
    Didn t even seem like a bad guy. Hope the kids are doing well

    • rita
      November 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Ya well i thought he was a great person to but for real for real he s a [removed] i feel for the kids and family he s gonna get his r i p lucy

  9. sikntired
    November 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    You can run but you can’t hide forever. good work and cooperation by law enforcement,thank you.
    Makes me so happy to see a chicken s**t mother****** like this guy caught.It wont bring her back or save her kids from having to witness such an atrocity,but he will pay.

  10. Sissy
    November 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Great job LASD and US Marshall!!! Thinking of the McStay family at the moment..hope that is solved soon too…..

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