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Andrea was on the FBI's wanted list. A year later, agents traced her to an Adelaide suburb.

For more than a year, Andrea Dorothy Chan Reyes was an FBI-wanted fugitive. One of many names on the intelligence agency’s wanted list.

The 33-year-old financial analyst and fraud auditor was being sought over her alleged involvement in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles almost two years ago, a incident that claimed the life of a father of four.

But after months on the run, the Fillipino-born American was finally tracked to an unlikely location: Adelaide.

“It wasn’t a little crime.”

Agustin Rodriguez Jr was cycling to a new job on January 30, 2017, when he was allegedly struck by Chan Reyes’ Lexus around 7.32am. According to the Whittier Police Department, he’d been dragged approximately 243 metres by the vehicle before being left on the roadway.

After the crash, which had been observed by several witnesses, Chan Reyes allegedly took her Lexus to smash repairer in nearby Huntington Beach, claiming she had hit a deer. However, according to 9News, police ultimately located Rodriguez’s DNA on the vehicle.

Shortly after Roriguez’s death, his niece, Monique Limon, appealed for the driver to turn herself in.

“It wasn’t a little crime, she dragged a person two-and-a half blocks,” Limon told CBS Los Angeles. “Have a heart, please come forward because my family is hurting.”

Agustin Rodriguez Jr. Image: Facebook.
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Instead, Chan Reyes ran.

According to the Adelaide Advertiser, a worldwide manhunt was launched after Chan Reyes allegedly fled to Hong Kong within five days of the incident.

The outlet reports that special agents ultimately tracked Chan Reyes to a home in Paralowie, Adelaide, where she was living with a new boyfriend. It was there on April 17, according to 9News, that she was arrested by Australian Federal Police officers.

Chan Reyes has spent the past seven months in custody, awaiting extradition to the United States, where she could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The case was heard in Adelaide Magistrates Court this week, where her extradition was delayed as her lawyers fight for bail. She will next appear before the court in December.

The news of Chan Reyes' capture has been praised by his family and friends on social media, with dozens of messages of support posted to a Facebook page established in his memory.

"Wheels of justice sometimes turns slow," one follower wrote, "but I hope she finally pays for her crime."

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