Justice for Tucson teen: Cross-dressing America's Most Wanted fugitive arrested in Mexico after 10 years

Even possible breast implants and dressing as a woman was not enough to hide fugitive Max Montijo-Lamadrid from U.S. Marshals.

Tucson teen Tanee Natividad was shot and killed in 2001/Photo courtesy MySpace tribute page

Lamadrid, 34, who was able to elude authorities for a decade by “assuming another identity” and moving frequently all around Mexico, was arrested Oct. 19, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Noted as one of Pima County’s and America’s Most Wanted, Lamadrid had a warrant out for first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Tucson teen Tanee Natividad on Nov. 18, 2001.

Natividad, a 16-year-old Palo Verde High School student, was with a friend sitting in a car at the Jack-in-the-Box drive through at Speedway Boulevard and Swan Road when she was shot in the head.

Marshals say LaMadrid indiscriminately opened fire on the car as he believed the vehicle contained a person who had earlier shot and killed one of his friends in the restaurant parking lot.

He was wrong. Lemadrid and Natividad had never met.

Max Montijo-Lamadrid was arrested in Mexico Oct. 19/Photo courtesy Pima County Attorney website

Lamadrid spent the next decade so bent on avoiding capture that investigators thought he possibly got a boob job to better hide his identity, according to America’s Most Wanted website.

“(Investigators) believe that the murder suspect may have undergone breast implant surgery to appear more like a woman,” America’s Most Wanted noted. “They also believe that Montijo-LaMadrid habitually crosses the Arizona-Mexico border dressed as a woman.”

Lamadrid was taken into custody by the Sonora State Investigative Police, in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and will be transported to Mexico City by the Mexico Federal Investigative Agency.

There he will await extradition to Pima County, pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant.

Party’s over, dudette.


What do you think?

The U.S. Marshals are on a roll this week – is that the agency you respect the most?

Why or why not?


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15 Responses to Justice for Tucson teen: Cross-dressing America's Most Wanted fugitive arrested in Mexico after 10 years

  1. leftfield says:

    None of the above.  You forgot the Federal Bureau of Intimidation, those fearless Fosdicks busy breaking into the peaceful homes of those who have the temerity to oppose war. 

    I am looking at the picture above, trying to imagine this guy as a woman.  Beards and breasts just are not an attractive combination.

    • Rynski says:

      aww, i KNEW i’d forget a couple of agencies – sorry to have left out your all-time fave -hahhahaha.
      also agree beards and breasts don’t really work, except in a carnival – but i was more curious about how he would hide those giant ears. even the america’s most wanted site lists his large ears under ‘distinguishing characteristics’ (along with a scar on his hand).

    • fraser007 says:

      But dont forget your all time favorites. The KGB…NKVD…and the Cuban Secret Police!!

    • Che says:

      Ah, ye of little hormones. I now know where all the hair goes that men lose on top — it ends up on women’s chins as they lose their estrogen.

      Though I’m sure those implants of his will be real popular where he’s going.

  2. Alan in Kent WA says:

    This isn’t the first murder in Tucson that was years in the resolution.  There was a murder of two UofA female students that took ten years for the police to catch the guy.  The weapon that was used turned up in another crime that lead to the conviction ten years later.  This murder lead to a Art professor leaving town as he was so distraught (everyone in the Art Department was distraught, including my wife) that he gave up teaching.  I called him when the criminal was convicted to give closure.  It takes some time, but the TPD will get the guy.  These people got Dillinger too.     

    • Rynski says:

      hey alan in kent wa,
      YUCK on your story – how very sad a professor felt he had to give up career – geesh. glad the guy was finally caught – by his own stupidity, too, keeping the weapon around. good.
      i say the cliche better late than never when it comes to finally nabbing the ‘bad guys.’

  3. radmax says:

    This creep gives the Max moniker a bad name. Hope max is the sentence.
    I just can’t imagine running when you have committed such a grave, senseless error in judgment…but then I was born with a conscience.

    • Rynski says:

      ha! he gives EVERYONE a bad name, for sure – so sorry he shares your namesake – but am glad to hear you have a conscience.
      that officially exempts you from being a psychopath.
      wholly agree – MAX sentence for this one.

  4. fraser007 says:

    Kudos to the Mexican Police for catching the guy.

  5. Andy Morales says:

    I feel for her parents and grandmother.  Makes all of our political and everyday problems seem meaningless.

    • Rynski says:

      hopefully the arrest can bring at least a little bit of closure. also agree that political and everyday problems turn into absolutely zero in the face of such a tragedy.

  6. Badge #250 says:

    I was a police officer for the City of South Tucson when the murder took place. We (our department) had wanted LaMadrid for various drug related crimes as well as some gang related cases. The wheels of Justice may turn slow at times but they do turn. “Possible breast implants and dressed as a woman at times.” I wonder how his fellow inmates will look upon him? Kudos to the law enforcement community for never giving up. Fortuna favet fortibus!

    • Rynski says:

      thanks for add’l info, badge #250. glad the justice wheels do keep rolling, although they sometimes get stuck in ditches along the way.
      sure lamadrid will have plenty of fun explaining his habits.
      ‘never, never, never give up’ (and its variations) is one of my churchill faves – along with ‘if you’re going through hell, keep going’  of course.

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