FBI Director James B. Comey announced the addition of two fugitives to the FBI’s list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” in Chicago, Illinois, earlier today, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Fugitive Philip Patrick Policarpio, wanted in Los Angeles, and fugitive Luis Macedo, wanted in Chicago, marks the 508th and 507th additions, respectively, to the “Top Ten” list. Philip Patrick Policarpio is being sought for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child. Luis Macedo is being sought for his alleged involvement in the murder of a 15-year-old boy in Chicago. Both men should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.
In Los Angeles, Assistant Director in Charge, Deirdre L. Fike, held a press conference with law enforcement partners to discuss fugitive Philip Patrick Policarpio, 39, suspected in the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend.
According to a criminal complaint filed in United States District Court, 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.
“Philip Patrick Policarpio is a danger to society and we are using a variety of resources to find him,” said Deirdre L. Fike, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “FBI Agents sought this violent offender in the year 2000 and found him overseas before he was deported to the U.S. to serve his time. Now that he’s fled yet again after being charged with the double homicide of innocent, defenseless victims, I’m confident he will be located as a result of the worldwide publicity generated by the Top Ten List, coupled with the expertise of the members of our Fugitive Task Force and the public on whom they heavily rely.”
On April 19, 2016, a local arrest warrant was obtained by the Los Angeles Police Department for Policarpio in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California, after he was charged with murder by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. On April 22, 2016, Los Angeles County officials requested the assistance of the FBI in apprehending and returning defendant Policarpio to the Los Angeles area. On April 22, 2016, a federal arrest warrant was issued in the United States District Court, Central District of California, for Policarpio after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
“I want to thank the FBI for their help to find and arrest this armed and very dangerous fugitive,” said Charlie Beck, the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. “With the help of the FBI and the community, we can apprehend this alleged murderer, seek justice for the victims, and ensure that he does not harm anyone else.”
On May 16, the Los Angeles County District Attorney amended the complaint charging Policarpio by adding a second count of murder of a human fetus with malice aforethought.
“Since its inception 66 years ago, much of the success of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” Program can be attributed to both national and international citizen involvement,” said Stephen Richardson, Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “The invaluable publicity generated from the program cannot be duplicated, and the FBI’s Chicago and Los Angeles Field Offices encourage the public to share information with law enforcement to track and arrest these criminals.”
Policarpio is also considered a parolee at large and is wanted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). An arrest warrant has been issued for Policarpio by the CDCR charging him with parole violation, as Policarpio was on parole at the time of the 2016 murder for a 2001 conviction for assault with a firearm and other violations.
The underlying state case for the parole violation occurred on June 24, 2000, in Burbank, California, when Policarpio, who shortly afterward fled the country, was identified as a suspect in an incident where 9 shots were fired into a vehicle after a dispute with the occupants of another vehicle. On October 27, 2000, the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force obtained a federal warrant after Policarpio was charged with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP). Policarpio, who was deported after being arrested by police in the Philippines in 2001, was convicted of assault with a firearm by an ex-felon and narcotics violations, and sentenced to fourteen years in prison following prosecution by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Policarpio was released on parole in May 2015.
CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan said, “CDCR aggressively pursues fugitive parolees. In this case, where the parolee has allegedly committed murder while on the run, we appreciate the support of the FBI. I am hopeful the attention generated by the Most Wanted list will help us quickly apprehend Philip Patrick Policarpio.”
Investigators believe that Policarpio has family members and associates, to include multiple spouses and children, living in Las Vegas, Nevada, Florida and the Philippines, as well as foreign travel documents in various names. Investigators also believe Policarpio may have access to multiple weapons and that he poses an extreme danger to society as demonstrated by his propensity for violence in the past.
Investigators believe that Policarpio may use and sell narcotics, including methamphetamine, and may also generate income by committing credit card or VIN fraud. For this reason, Policarpio may have access to cash and transportation.
Philip Patrick Policarpio is known to have used a variety of aliases to include: Damon Hiromi Tanaka, Damon Hiromi Tanak, Damon Tanaka, Philip Policardio, Paul Policarpio, Phillip Policarpio, “Bugsy”, “Sinister”, and “Sins.”
He is described as follows:
DOB Used: August 17, 1976
Weight: 150-165 lbs.
Place of Birth: California
Scars and Marks: Policarpio has moles on his right nostril, near his left nostril, and below his right lip. He has a scar near his left eye. Policarpio has tattoos on his chest, back, both arms, and left thigh. Further, Policarpio may wear eyeglasses and he may have shaved his head. Photos of Policarpio can be found here: www.fbi.gov/wanted
Additional information about Luis Macedo, wanted by the FBI’s Chicago Field Office, can be found here: www.fbi.gov/wanted
The FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list was established in March 1950. Since then, 475 fugitives have been apprehended or located; 157 of them as a result of citizen cooperation.
A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for any information leading directly to the arrest of Philip Patrick Policarpio and, separately, for Luis Macedo. Anyone with information concerning Philip Patrick Policarpio or Luis Macedo should take no action themselves, but should immediately contact the nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency. Individuals calling from outside of the United States should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office can be reached 24 hours a day at 310 477-6565.