Holyoke MA April 20 2012 Federal, state and local law enforcement arrested a 32-year-old Holyoke man on Leary Street on Wednesday, ten years after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a 2001 homicide in West Virginia.
Vicky “Lucky” Bonilla was taken into custody without incident at 19 Leary Drive by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, Holyoke and Springfield police, and members of the state police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team.
He was wanted by police in Keyser, W.V. since 2001 after becoming a suspect in the death of a woman there. Police allege he killed the woman following an argument.
A spokesman with the U.S. Marshals said Bonilla was able to stay on the run for so long by frequently changing his name. He is also a convicted sex offender in the state of New York, and required to register with local police in each place he lived, as required by federal law.
U.S. Marshal John Gibbons said in a prepared statement commended each of the agencies involved and said “This was a big arrest in our efforts to make Massachusetts a safe place to live.
Keyser is a small town of about 5,500 people in the north east corner of West Virginia, roughy 90 minutes by car west of Hagerstown, Maryland.