Suspect in Domestic Violence Homicide, on MSP Most Wanted List, Captured in California

EMILIO DeLAROSA, 33, a homicide suspect on the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted List, was captured this morning in Patterson, California, nearly a year to the day after he killed a Methuen woman in front of their young son.

DeLAROSA is wanted for the Sept. 12, 2016 homicide of Wanda Rosa, who had an active restraining order against him. Evidence indicates that DeLAROSA strangled Ms. Rosa, 29, in side her home as the four-year-old boy pleaded with him not to hurt her.

In February, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) added DeLAROSA to its list of Most Wanted Fugitives and has worked since then to locate him. This past weekend, VFAS and the Stanislaus County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department developed information suggesting that DeLAROSA was living and working under an alias in Patterson. VFAS Troopers worked with Stanislaus deputy sheriffs and deputy United States marshals from the Boston and Fresno Field Offices to confirm that information.

As a result of the cooperative investigation over the next several days, at 6:21 a.m. Pacific Time today deputy sheriffs and marshals stopped DeLAROSA in a vehicle after he left a residence. He was taken into custody and charged as a fugitive from justice. The Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section confirmed, through fingerprints, that the arrested person is DeLAROSA.

DeLARAOSA is being held at the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. The homicide case is being prosecuted by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, which will arrange his rendition to Massachusetts.