Roberto Valdez-Calixto, now 45, formerly of Harvard, was arrested in October in Mexico and extradited last week to the United States to face murder charges for a February 2005 incident in Harvard. | Provided Graphic

McHenry County’s most wanted fugitive was taken into custody and extradited to the United States this week after he was on the run for nearly 20 years following a brutal murder in Harvard in 2005.

Roberto Valdez-Calixto, now 45, formerly of Harvard, was indicted by a grand jury in March 2005 on four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of mob action.

A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court alleges Valdez-Calixto, who was 25 at the time, murdered Cecilio Hernandez in Harvard on February 19, 2005.

Valdez-Calixto stabbed Hernandez and struck him in the head with a beer bottle, leaving him dead, the complaint said.

The complaint said Valdez-Calixto acted together with Marciano Valdez, Juan Rivera-Garcia and Jose Santos Valdez-Calixto in the murder.

Roberto Valdez-Calixto, 45, formerly of Harvard.

An arrest warrant carrying a $1 million bond was issued for Valdez-Calixto and the man was eventually placed on the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office’s most wanted fugitive list as their number one most wanted.

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In 2008, federal authorities issued an arrest warrant for Valdez-Calixto and said he traveled out of the area on March 22, 2005, to avoid prosecution for his charges.

Jail records show Valdez-Calixto was taken into the custody of the McHenry County Jail on Monday.

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney William Bruce said on Tuesday that Valdez-Calixto fled to Mexico after the Harvard murder.

Valdez-Calixto remained in Mexico until his arrest in October, Bruce said. He was extradited to the United States last week.

Bruce called the murder “brutal” and said Hernandez suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma in the “vicious mob action beating.”

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed a petition to detain Valdez-Calixto pending trial, calling him a real and present danger to the community as well as a flight risk.

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