Philip Patrick Policarpio, a 39-year-old California man who was recently added to the FBI’s “Most Wanted Fugitives” list for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, has been arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border, officials say.
Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s field office in Los Angeles, said Policarpio was apprehended on Sunday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which is the largest land border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana.
“Policarpio was on U.S. soil at the time of his arrest,” said Eimiller, who added that he was taken into custody by agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP). Other details about the arrest were not immediately released.
Policarpio was added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” on May 19 after he was charged with the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Lauren Olguin. Other charges – including murder of a human fetus with malice aforethought and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution – were later added.
Policarpio and Olguin were visiting a friend’s residence in Los Angeles on April 12 when Policarpio allegedly became angry with Olguin and began beating her in the face with his fists. As he assaulted Olguin in front of multiple witnesses, Policarpio allegedly pulled out a gun and shot her in the head, killing her instantly. She was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.
Policarpio fled from the residence and was not seen since, prompting police to request assistance from the FBI, which in turn added the suspect to the “Most Wanted Fugitives” list. The notice said Policarpio was also considered a parolee at large and an additional warrant was issued for parole violation. That parole stemmed from a 2001 conviction for assault with a firearm and other violations.
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