East Hollywood murder suspect wanted by FBI arrested at Mexican border

An FBI Top Ten Fugitive who allegedly beat and fatally shot his pregnant girlfriend in East Hollywood was apprehended Sunday as he was trying to cross into the U.S. from Tijuana, officials announced this morning.

The FBI said that Philip Patrick Policarpio, 39, was captured by agents with the U.S. Customs Border Protection on the U.S. side of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Officials said they will provide more information on Tuesday morning.

Policarpio was placed on the FBI’s list of most wanted fugitives for the April 12 killing of  Lauren Olguin, 32, while the couple were visiting a friend in the 500 block of N. Virgil Avenue on the border of East Hollywood and Silver Lake . The FBI provided a summary of the case:

“Policarpio and his pregnant girlfriend, Lauren Olguin, were visiting a friend’s residence on April 12, 2016, in the Rampart area of Los Angeles when Policarpio allegedly became angry with Olguin and began beating her in the face with his fists. Policarpio then pulled out a handgun and allegedly shot Olguin in the forehead, killing her instantly, according to the complaint. The allegations in the complaint are based on an investigation by detectives with the LAPD’s Rampart Homicide Division. According to witnesses, Policarpio fled from the residence and has not been seen since.”

Policarpio, a parolee who was convicted in 2001 conviction for assault with a firearm and other violations, has been charged with the murder of Olguin and their unborn child.

Authorities said that Policarpio has multiple spouses and children living in Las Vegas, Nevada, Florida and the Philippines. He has a tattoo on his chest that says “Only God Can Judge Me.”

A $100,000 reward had been issued for information leading to Policarpio’s arrest.

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  1. I’m so grateful that this man was caught. Thank you to all the law-enforcement officers who worked to make it happen. He should not have been paroled after his 2001 arrest.

  2. Time to prove that dumb chest tattoo wrong!

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