Wrong turn in Mexico leads to arrest of suspect in shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend

5/31/16 Los Angeles Times

download (2)A man wanted in the fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend in Los Angeles in April was arrested Sunday after he became lost and mistakenly drove to the San Ysidro border crossing with a woman he recently met at a strip club, authorities said.

Philip Patrick Policarpio, 39, was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in May after he was charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend in East Hollywood.

Policarpio told border agents he was a Mexican citizen who had made a wrong turn when he was stopped at the San Ysidro crossing around 4:45 p.m., according to a news release issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.

He was carrying several pieces of identification and told border agents he “intended not to return to the U.S.,” according to Dierdre Fike, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office.

Policarpio had pulled into a lane used by low-risk, pre-approved drivers who take part in the CBP’s “trusted traveler” program, said Sidney Aki, port director at the San Ysidro crossing.

“He was very vague in regards to providing information,” Aki said at a morning news conference to discuss the arrest. “That of course sets off red flags among us.”\

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