SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana caught a fugitive listed on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list on Sunday.
At about 4:45 p.m., a 39-year-old man arrived at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego driving a white Ford F-150 with Baja California, Mexico license plates. The man used the SENTRI lanes, dedicated for those in the CBP Trusted Traveler program. He also had a 22-year-old woman passenger in the pickup.
When he arrived at the CBP inspection booth to enter the U.S., he stated to the CBP officer that he was a Mexican citizen who had made a wrong turn, and gave the officer a name, but presented no documents. The officer referred the car and occupants aside for further inspection.
Upon further inspection, CBP officers found California identification with the name the man had provided. Officers suspected that the man was an imposter and that the document did not belong to him.
Using the man's fingerprints, CBP officers identified him as Philip Patrick Policarpio, a U.S. citizen. CBP officers also ran a query of law enforcement databases and discovered the man had a no bail warrant for homicide issued out of Los Angeles County.
“Through keen observation and skillful work, CBP officers at the San Ysidro port of entry apprehended this fugitive, wanted for an egregious crime,” said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego. “CBP officers are vigilant to stop those at the border who would do harm in our communities.”
Policarpio was turned over to FBI agents. CBP officers determined that his passenger was a Mexican citizen with no legal status to enter the U.S., and she was returned to Mexico.
According to the FBI, Policarpio is wanted for the murders of his live-in girlfriend, Lauren Olguin, and her unborn child in Los Angeles in April 2016.
He was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, after allegedly beating his girlfriend in the face and then shooting her in the head in front of partygoers.
CBP officers at the border crossings between California and Mexico stop about 2,000 people each year with active warrants for their arrest.
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.