Miami (May 22, 2020) – Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements announce the in-custody return of charged murder suspect Matthew McGowan (F17-18798) after his extradition from Thailand to Miami.
“I want to thank the government of Thailand, U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs, United States Marshals Service, Interpol Central Bureau and F.B.I., for all of their assistance in helping bring Matthew McGowan back to Miami to stand trial,” commented State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “The amount of police work and legal complexity that goes into the international repatriation of a fugitive wanted for murder
can be overwhelming but is deeply appreciated by all those victimized by crime. My Legal/Extradition Unit works tirelessly with our criminal justice partners to ensure that justice knows no geographical boundaries.”
The now 32-year-old McGowan was charged in the September 16, 2017 shooting of Jose Alberto Martinez Valenzuela which occurred on Miami Beach. Investigators believed that issues relating to Valenzuela’s relationship with McGowan’s girlfriend/ex-girlfriend allegedly led to the early morning shooting. Three days after the incident, and prior to Valenzuela’s
death, McGowan fled the United States.
Since September 19, 2017 the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami Beach Police Department have been working with the Federal Government to locate McGowan. Once located, the United States Department of State played a pivotal role of working with the government of the Kingdom of Thailand to facilitate McGowan’s extradition from Thailand to Miami.
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