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CBP San Diego Facilitates Extradition of Top Fugitive Residing in Mexico

Release Date: 
July 17, 2013

SAN DIEGO—On Saturday morning, federal agents took custody of Brian Eugene Owensby, a wanted violent sexual predator, who had been hiding in Mexico. The man had been listed as one of the Top 10 Fugitives by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Antonio, Texas, and his extradition to the U.S. was coordinated by U.S. Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in San Diego.

On Friday, 59-year-old Owensby arrived at a highway inspection checkpoint near Tecate, Mexico. When questioned by Mexican Federal Police Officers, Owensby became verbally assaultive and was detained. He was asked for identification and provided a false Mexican voter identification card.

Upon further investigation, Owensby admitted to being a U.S. citizen who was wanted in the United States. Mexican officials arrested him and a records check confirmed that the FBI had issued a warrant in 2008 for sexual assault and fraud charges. The FBI also had issued additional warrants in 2009 and 2010 for mail fraud, flight to avoid prosecution, and conspiracy.

The Mexico government arrested Owensby for stolen identity violations then contacted the Border Patrol's international liaison unit in San Diego for assistance regarding the active warrants in the U.S. Border Patrol agents confirmed the active warrants and coordinated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry for the extradition. Owensby was taken into custody by U.S. Marshalls.

Assisting with cross-border criminal activity, the U.S. Border Patrol's international liaison unit facilitates communication with the Government of Mexico. Through information sharing and coordinated enforcement operations, the unit has been instrumental in working with Mexico to establish a secure border region for both countries.

To report suspicious activity, contact San Diego Sector Tactical Communications Center at (619) 498-9900.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017