Suspect in 2001 Schaumburg slaying arrested in Mexico

A suspect in a 10-year-old slaying in Schaumburg has been arrested in Mexico, authorities said today.

Jose Camacho, 43, formerly of Hanover Park, was arrested in connection with the slaying of another Hanover resident, Flavio Venancio, 28, in 2001.

The morning of May 25, 2001, Venancio's body was found floating in a pond near the Schaumburg train station by a mosquito abatement worker. An autopsy found he had been beaten, stabbed and drowned, Schaumburg police said.

Police said the men had been drinking and had argued. Camacho is believed to have left Illinois soon after the slaying, they added.

In June 2001, a federal warrant for Camacho's arrest was issued, charging him with unlawful flight.

At that time, police also had obtained a Cook County arrest warrant on first-degree murder charges for Camacho, whose last known address had been in Anaheim, California. Police found a red 1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse with California license plates that had unspecified ties to Camacho in the Chicago area and matched the description of a car that a witness told investigators entered the Metra lot and crashed into a guardrail before driving toward the pond the night before the body was found, police said.

The Cook County state's attorney's office is working to have Camacho extradited to the United States.

Venancio, who was a janitor in Streamwood, arrived in the United States from Mexico about nine months before his death, police said at that time. Venancio sometimes used the name Pasqual Fernandez, they said.

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