Federal law enforcement officials on Tuesday released additional details about the capture of a fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, accused of fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend at a home in East Hollywood last month.
Philip Patrick Policarpio, 39, was taken into custody late Sunday afternoon by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after crossing over from Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, officials said.
Policarpio was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck, with Mexico licence plates, when he arrived at a Customs and Border Protection booth, the agency said in a statement. A 22-year-old woman was also in the vehicle.
The driver said he was a Mexican citizen who had made a wrong turn, according to the news release. Upon further inspection, officers found California identification bearing the name the man had provided. They suspected he was an imposter and that the identification did not belong to him.
Using his fingerprints, the officers learned his real name and that he was a U.S. citizen, with a homicide warrant for his arrest issued by Los Angeles County, officials said. Policarpio was subsequently turned over to FBI agents.
The border officers determined the passenger was a Mexican citizen with no legal status to enter the U.S. She was returned to Mexico.
“This was the second time Policarpio fled the country after being sought by the FBI and law enforcement for violent crimes committed in Los Angeles, and the public is safer now that he’s in custody again,” Deirdre Fike, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s L.A. field office, said in a statement. “Hopefully, the family of the murdered victims can breathe a little easier as they begin to see justice done.”
Policarpio allegedly killed Lauren Olguin at a friend’s house in East Hollywood on the morning of April 12. He argued with Olguin, punched her in the head, brandished a firearm and shot her in the head, according to investigators.
Olguin, who was pregnant, died instantly, the FBI said. The unborn child did not survive.
A Los Angeles County criminal complaint against the suspect was amended earlier this month to include two counts of murder, according to the bureau. A reward of up to $100,000 was offered in the case.
At a press conference May 19, the deceased woman’s mother, Gerilyn Olguin, pleaded for the public’s help in finding Policarpio.
“My biggest fear is he’ll hurt someone else, and they’ll end up in my shoes,” she said. “You never expect to be in this position.”
At the time of the fatal shooting, Policarpio was on parole after being convicted of attempted murder, for shooting into a carload of people in Burbank in 2000, according to the FBI.
His mother helped him flee to the Philippines, where he was shot by police while allegedly resisting arrest, authorities said. He was convicted of assault with a firearm by an ex-felon and narcotics violations, the bureau said, and was paroled in May 2015 after serving 14 years in prison.