Saturday, September 24, 2016

Suspect apprehended in East Hollywood transgender killing

Jesus Catalan, who was the main suspect in last August’s killing of Paulina Ibarra, was picked up this morning by Mexican police and  was turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol  in San Diego, according to police. Catalan, who was believed to have frequented East Hollywood and the Rampart District near Silver Lake,  had avoided arrest for nearly a year  despite a $50,000 reward and a story about the murder that appeared on America’s Most Wanted.  Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division said it’s not certain why Catalan was taken into custody in Mexico but officials there took Catalan to the U.S.-Mexico border after he said he was a U.S. Citizen:

“Somehow, he ran afoul of Mexican police, and he advised he was an American citizen, as he was born in Puerto Rico.  He had no identification on him.  The Mexican authorities transported him to the U. S. border, and turned him over to the Border Patrol, who checked his fingerprints and it revealed the murder warrant in Los Angeles.  He is currently in custody in San Diego, and detectives are enroute to pick him up and book him here.”

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  1. I wonder what he did in Mexico that he opted to face American authorities.

  2. so glad they got that guy.

  3. Lt. Wes Buhrmester, Rampart Patrol Division

    On July 3, 2010, Catalan was involved in a domestic dispute at a motel in Tijuana, where it is believed he fled shortly after the incident. The Tijuana police were called, and during their investigation, it was revealed that Catalan was not a Mexican citizen, and had no identification. After ascertaining he was an American citizen, he was transported to the border crossing and turned over to the U. S. Border Patrol. During a routine check of his identity, the Border Patrol processed his fingerprints, and discovered he had the murder warrant out of Los Angeles.

    He is now at the Los Angeles County Jail, and the investigation now focuses on interviewing him. Court proceedings are also forthcoming.

    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  4. Lt. Wes Buhrmester, Rampart Patrol Division

    Jesus Catalan has been returned to Los Angeles, and is now in the Twin Towers facility. He was interviewed by two of our excellent homicide detectives, Mike Arteaga and Chris Linscomb, however I cannot divulge the details of that interview at this time. It will come out during court hearings. Catalan is set for a preliminary hearing at the Criminal Courts Building, 210 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, Division 32 on July 19, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. A preliminary hearing is conducted in court to determine if enough evidence is present to bind a felony suspect over for a trial, and is open to the public.

    Again, my personal thanks, and the gratitude of Rampart Area and the Department, for the community’s support of us, and confidence in us during this process.

    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  5. Hello, I have been following this case because I knew Paulina. I have been logging on to the LA Superiour Court site and it showed that he had a court appearance today at 8:00 AM. The site is now updated stating he is scheduled to appear Nov 10th. Was wondering if anyone had an update on the latest? Thank you.

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