Omar Alexander Cardenas, wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of a man in Sylmar in 2019, has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List, authorities announced Wednesday.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Cardenas, who allegedly shot and killed Jabali Dumas on Aug. 15, 2019, according to the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department.
Dumas was standing outside the Hair Icon Barber Shop, in a shopping center in Sylmar, when he was wounded in the head, authorities said.
At a news conference Wednesday morning outside LAPD headquarters, Police Chief Michel Moore joined FBI personnel in seeking public help to find Cardenas.
“The trail has gone cold,” Moore said. “Our efforts with the family and associates have not produced positive results, and we are worried that he has relatives in Mexico that he could have fled to, which makes this an international case.
“Moving this individual to the FBI’s Top Ten affords the family of Mr. Dumas some sense of relevancy that the department and this city and this country cares,” Moore added.
The FBI said Cardenas is a member of the Pierce Street Gang and may associate with the Pacoima Van Nuys Boys/Anybody Killas. Cardenas often goes by the nickname “Dollar.”
“At the scene of the crime, Mr. Cardenas is believed to have fired approximately six shots into a public space,” FBI Special Agent Michael Alker, who is investigating the case for the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, said in a statement. “He is not only a risk to the public, but he may also have information related to other violent crimes.”
On April 3, 2020, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County issued a local arrest warrant after Cardenas was charged with murder. The U.S. District Court, Central District of California, issued a federal arrest warrant on Sept. 2, 2021, after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Cardenas is between 5-feet-6 inches and 5-feet-7 inches tall and weighs approximately 240 to 300 pounds. He has dark brown or black hair, a beard, and brown eyes.
Alker said Cardenas is known to vary the style of his hair and facial hair, but his large physical size and glasses may draw attention.
“He normally wears thick prescription glasses and has at least one tattoo,” Alker said.
Authorities said Cardenas should be considered armed and dangerous.
The FBI urged anyone with information about Cardenas to call the agency’s tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit online tips to tips.fbi.gov.