A 48-year-old Brick Township woman who was charged in the murder of another woman to whom she was reportedly married, has been captured by authorities in Texas after several days on the run.
Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, is accused in the killing of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, 32, on May 17. According to authorities, an autopsy showed Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus killed the victim with a wine chiller device.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said an investigation showed that Gavilanez-Alectus traveled to Houston by bus from New York City. She was apprehended in Houston by FBI agents, U.S. Marshals and members of the Houston Police Department. She is currently lodged in the Harris County Jail pending extradition to Ocean County.
“I am extremely grateful for the support of our federal law enforcement partners, as well as our law enforcement partners in in Houston Texas,” Billhimer said in a statement. “It is extremely satisfying when law enforcement works together and we are able to get a dangerous person like Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus into custody.”
Billhimer said his office will immediately begin extradition proceedings to bring Gavilanez-Alectus back to Ocean County to answer for the murder charge.
“Justice for Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus weighs heavy on all of our minds,” he added.