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Posted at 1:20 PM ET, 02/10/2011

3-foot-11 MoCo fugitive found in El Salvador

By Dan Morse

Henry Chavez, a 3-foot-11-inch man wanted by Montgomery County police since May as a suspect in a fatal shooting, was recently found in El Salvador, U.S. Marshals said Thursday.

Chavez was flown on Wednesday to Houston in the custody of officials from the U.S. State Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Alfredo Perez, a deputy U.S. marshal in Houston.

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Marshals met Chavez at the airport.

"Just glad to be back," Chavez said, according to Perez.

Perez didn't know the details of how Chavez was found in El Salvador. He said in many cases like this, a U.S. suspect who flees to another country is kicked out of that country for being there illegally. Chavez is a U.S. citizen, Perez said.

Chavez is awaiting extradition to Montgomery County, Perez said. He is accused of shooting Hamington Luis Ravanales Orozco, 27, in May.

By Dan Morse  | February 10, 2011; 1:20 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse, Homicide, Montgomery  
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Comments

get shorty!

Posted by: thenoggin | February 10, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

No matter what size you are "you can run but you can't hide"...

Posted by: shadon1 | February 10, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

i think they already got him.

Posted by: red2million | February 10, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Well ... at least we know how El Salvador handles their illegals.

We could learn a lesson from them!!

Posted by: fizzlechip | February 10, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Perez didn't know the details of how Chavez was found in El Salvador. He said in many cases like this, a U.S. suspect who flees to another country is kicked out of that country for being there illegally. Chavez is a U.S. citizen, Perez said
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Bwahahahahahaa, now I have heard it all. El Salavador would actually kick out a U.S. citizen because they are there "illegally"? Go figure LOL!

Now the non-humor, I really don't want to see Mr. Chavez go to prison, because it is going to be a rough stay while the other prisoners pass him around like a cute little doll.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 10, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I truly believe that a pocket-sized murderer who can not reach a door handle or turn on a light switch will have no problem slipping between cell bars. Make him serve his sentence with Ringling Bros. The funny part is his prison issued jumpsuit will be designed by Baby Gap.

Posted by: KNNTHMORRIS | February 10, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

What a troll!!!

Posted by: CanjacCanjar | February 10, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"Make him serve his sentence with Ringling Bros."--KNNTHMORRIS

It's true; I think this guy would have had a better shot of staying on the lam had he joined a circus sideshow act or gone to Hollyweird.

I'll bet it's hard to be Sr. Bajito; think of the torment this guy has probably gotten throughout his life.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 10, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

BABY FINSTER! He's a baaaaaaaaaaad boy! LOL!!!!

Posted by: The_Funknician | February 10, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

a cold bama..

Posted by: sshipman1 | February 10, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

It looks like it was self defense. The man should not be in jail.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 10, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

It's a classic case of mistaken identity. Chavez deserves freedom.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 11, 2011 12:45 AM | Report abuse

In an attempt to outwit his potential captors, Chavez is said to have been studying the mystic arts. To no avail. The small medium is no longer at large.

(Couldn't pass that up.)

Posted by: nan_lynn | February 11, 2011 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Bless his heart. I thought he had joined the circus. Although he was born in the USA, he's an anchor baby. In my eyes, he will always be a Salvadoran. You see El Salvador enforce their immigration laws and don't want their own nationals to stay there. El Salvador prefer to send all poor uneducated peasant Salvadorans to the USA. WE ARE DOOMED!

Posted by: illegalalien | February 11, 2011 1:58 AM | Report abuse

They should have left him there to die.

Posted by: woof3 | February 11, 2011 3:47 AM | Report abuse

This munchkin is going to have a rough time in jail. LOL.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | February 11, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

The Irony...
"He said in many cases like this, a U.S. suspect who flees to another country is kicked out of that country for being there illegally. "

what a novel concept!?

Posted by: joebananas1 | February 11, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

BABY FINSTER! He's a baaaaaaaaaaad boy! LOL!!!!

Posted by: The_Funknician | February 10, 2011 5:02 PM

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

+1 for the Merrie Melodies reference.

Posted by: GP04 | February 11, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Just glad to be back," Chavez said, according to Perez.

Is El Salvador that bad? He's happy to be back in the U.S. in cuffs? LOL


Posted by: doll80 | February 11, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Some of his inmates might be craving baby back ribs pretty soon...

Posted by: ozpunk | February 11, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Some of his inmates might be craving baby back ribs pretty soon...

Posted by: ozpunk | February 11, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

His job in prison could be the "Short Order Cook" !

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | February 11, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Tell me...what does his height have to do with this story? Was it important to point out his physical difference to make the point of the story? Why not sign your articles as "by Dan Morse, the writer with the very large head"?

No? I didn't think so.

Posted by: jj66 | February 11, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Before I finished the story I knew many of the posts would be short jokies. None clever. Oh, well, it's free.

We don't actually now how El Salvador handles their illegals. We don't know if he was there illegally. We don't know if they found him or just okayed a request by American officials to extradite him. He should have gone to Brazil. Ronald Biggs, from the Great Train Robbery in the UK, lived there openly for years(finally volunteered to go home to die). More recently, a man wanted for political murders in Italy fled to Brazil and claimed he'd be persecuted if he returned to Italy. As one of his final acts, President Lula agreed to let him stay in Brazil.

Posted by: Sutter | February 11, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Would he by any chance be the fugitive they were talking about on "America's Most Wanted" a week or two ago? I was in another room, but heard them talking about a 4' murderer...

Posted by: slamming | February 11, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Why is his height mentioned? You never mention someone's weight. It is rude to focus on a distiguishing physical characteristic. It might be considered a disability, which makes it worse.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | February 11, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for showing the hypocrisy here by erasing my comment earlier, asking why the man's height was pertinent to this story. It's okay for us to point out others shortcomings (no pun intended) to poke fun at them, but not okay to call out those who do the pointing, obviously. What a class act you are, Washington Post. We'll see how long this one lasts.

Posted by: jj66 | February 11, 2011 10:00 PM | Report abuse

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