LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A gang member suspected of four homicides in Los Angeles County beginning in 1998 was behind bars in Los Angeles today following his arrest in Guadalajara in a joint U.S.-Mexican operation, officials said.

Jose "Joe" Luis Saenz - known variously as "Zapp," "Peanut Joe Smiley" and "Honeycutt," among other aliases - was arrested late Thursday and arrived at Los Angeles International Airport under guard about 7 p.m. | PHOTOS

Friday. He had been listed among the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives since October 2009.

A news conference will be held today at FBI headquarters in Los Angeles to review the case, said Laura Eimiller of the FBI.

"He was very difficult to find," she said. "It took a lot of determination."

Saenz is suspected of killing two rival gang members - Josue Hernandez and Leonardo Ponce - on July 25, 1998 as payback for an attack on an associate.

According to the FBI, Saenz later kidnapped, raped and murdered girlfriend Sigrieta Hernandez, the mother of his child, after she threatened to turn him in for the July 1998 killings.

Authorities said they have video of Saenz killing Oscar Torres in October 2008 in Whittier over a $600,000 drug debt.


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Saenz, a Los Angeles native, is also expected to be charged with unlawful flight, in addition to the murders and various other crimes.

Reward money up to $100,000 had been offered in the case.