HEMET, Calif.—When a murder suspect absconded to Mexico last week, Hemet police reached out to the U.S. Border Patrol to collaborate with Mexico’s law enforcement.
On Sept. 16, the San Diego Sector Border Patrol’s International Liaison Unit was contacted by detectives from the Hemet Police Department after they discovered two deceased women at a Hemet residence. The detectives believed that the murder suspect absconded to Mexico.
The U.S. Border Patrol coordinated with the Tijuana Police Department, advising them to be on the lookout for the man and his vehicle. Within hours, the Tijuana police initiated a stop on a vehicle matching the description and took the suspect into custody.
“We are very pleased that the rapid and seamless interactions between the Hemet Police Department, our International Liaison Unit, and Mexican law enforcement led to this suspect’s apprehension within hours,” said San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Richard A. Barlow.
The male suspect, Elisha Samson Chiles, a 37-year-old U.S. citizen, was transported to the border and turned over to deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service. He now faces murder charges in Hemet.
The U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.