Okla. man accused of stabbing ex-wife 41 times in front of kids arrested at DFW Airport

Luis Octavio Frias
Luis Octavio Frias Courtesy photo

An Oklahoma man wanted in the killing of his ex-wife — a former police officer — six years ago was arrested in Mexico and detained using the same handcuffs she was issued upon becoming an officer.

Luis Octavio Frias, 34, is accused of attacking his ex-wife Janett Reyna as she entered her home in Oklahoma on Aug. 8, 2013. She was stabbed 41 times in front of her children, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

According to a criminal complaint filed in 2013, Frias’ aunt drove him to Wichita, Kansas the day after the alleged attack. He told her he was going to catch a bus to Mexico.

A year after Reyna’s death, her friends created a petition to get Frias extradited from Mexico.

“(Reyna) was the Executive Director of the Ponca Tribe’s Domestic Violence Program,” the petition said. “She was a former police officer, a mother of (three), and a passionate advocate for victims. Her killer has not been brought to justice.”

Reyna had filed a protective order against Frias two days before her death.

“When Reyna was killed, she was serving as the domestic violence prevention coordinator for the Ponca Tribal Police Department, where she worked tirelessly to protect victims from the same violence and abuse that ultimately ended her life,” said U.S. Marshal Johnny Lee Kuhlman of the Western District of Oklahoma.

An arrest warrant charging Frias with first-degree murder was issued on Oct. 4, 2013. That warrant was returned on Thursday citing DFW Airport as the location where Frias was arrested. He was actually apprehended in Mexico and re-entered the United States at DFW.

The U.S. Marshals’ said a tip generated from the Investigation Discovery television show “In Pursuit with John Walsh” led authorities to Jalisco, Mexico, where Frias was located and arrested at about 6:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday. The warrant was officially signed upon Frias’ re-entry into the states via DFW Airport.

“The arrest of Luis Octavio Frias allows a wounded community to start healing and stands as a testament to the crucial role the public plays in helping us locate and arrest dangerous fugitives,” said David Anderson, U.S. Marshals Service acting deputy director. “We especially thank John Walsh and his team for their commitment to law enforcement and for featuring Frias on his show.”

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Nichole Manna is an investigative reporter for the Star-Telegram. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.