Success! Illegal Alien Cop-Killer in US Custody
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
An illegal alien cop-killer, who escaped capture by returning to Mexico and evading capture for almost four years, is now in US law enforcement custody. This killing ignited outrage across the United States.
In the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning, US deputy marshals and agents of Mexicoâ€™s Agencia Federal de Investigationes (AFI) delivered fugitive murderer Jorge Arroyo-Garcia to the Orange County California jail in Santa Ana.
Garcia is a vicious fugitive wanted for the murder of Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff David March four years ago. Garcia was flown from Mexico City to Tijuana late Wednesday night, where the Marshals and AFI agents turned him over to Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s Department Investigators.
A convoy of Sheriffâ€™s Deputies, California Highway Patrol Officers, and Deputy Marshals accompanied the fugitive to jail. Arroyo-Garcia, also known as Armando â€œChatoâ€ Garcia, has been in a Mexican prison awaiting extradition since last February.
He was arrested in Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico. AFI agents located Garcia thanks to information provided by the Los Angeles County District Attorneyâ€™s Office, the Marshalsâ€™ Los Angeles Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Mexico City Field Office of the US Marshals Service.
The case gained national attention because of the heinous nature of the murder, and the fact that Arroyo-Garciaâ€™s flight to Mexico was profiled several times on televisionâ€™s â€œAmericaâ€™s Most Wanted.â€ The case also was featured on numerous local and national news programs, including “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity & Colmes.”
During the course of attempting extradition, US law enforcement was stonewalled since Mexico’s government refused to extradite anyone who faces the death penalty. However, some conservative lawmakers in Washington, DC threatened to pass legislation in 2006 that would have cut-off financial aid to Mexico.
â€œWith todayâ€™s extradition of Arroyo-Garcia, an accused killed is one step closer to justice. We also hope his return brings a bit of peace to Deputy Marchâ€™s family and colleagues,â€ said US Marshals Service Director John F. Clark.
â€œThis example of international cooperation shows that no fugitive is safe beyond a border and we will continue to relentlessly pursue those who run from the law,â€ he said diplomatically.
A Mexican national and known drug trafficker, â€œChatoâ€ Garcia has a long history with Los Angeles law enforcement. He has numerous arrests for crimes such as possession of a Tec-9 machine pistol and narcotics distribution. On three occasions he had been deported back to Mexico, only to return. He allegedly had bragged to friends that he would never be taken alive and pledged to kill any officer who tried to arrest him.
Arroyo-Garcia is accused of killing Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff David March during a routine traffic stop on April 29, 2002. At 10:30 that morning, Deputy March had conducted a routine traffic stop on a 1998 black Nissan. He entered the Nissansâ€™ license plate number into his mobile data terminal and then approached the driver. Deputy March never made it to the driverâ€™s car.
Police investigation reports indicate that the Deputy was shot multiple times in the face, neck and chest. The shooter fled, leaving Deputy March to die on the side of the road. Deputy March left behind a wife and daughter.
Investigations uncovered a photograph of the driver, and then ultimately a name. Garcia is alleged to have bragged to friends about the murder and may have even phoned local law enforcement, threatening to kill any police officer who sought him. Officials immediately suspected that Arroyo-Garcia had fled to Mexico.
Chief Inspector John Clark, Task Force Commander of the US Marshals Los Angeles Regional Fugitive Task Force, applauded the hard work of the LA County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the District Attorneyâ€™s Office, agents from Mexicoâ€™s Federal Investigative Agency, as well as deputy marshals serving in the United States and assigned to the agencyâ€™s field office in Mexico City.
He particularly noted the level of cooperation among the agencies once the politics between leaders in both countries ended and law enforcement officials were told to proceed with the cop-killer’s capture.
â€œThis extradition is a perfect example of the international law enforcement community working as a team, and working alongside the judicial systems of two governments,â€ said Commander Clark.
â€œThat kind of cooperation ensured that Garcia would be caught and brought to justice,â€ he told reporters.
â€œMany people believe they can commit murder here in Los Angeles and simply run to Mexico and hide,â€ said Adam Torres, United States Marshal for the Central District of California.
â€œGarciaâ€™s arrest and extradition is just one more example of how wrong they are. The District Attorneyâ€™s Office, the United States Marshals, and Mexicoâ€™s federal agents have a message for any of you hiding in Mexico,â€ he continued, â€œwe will work together, combine our recourses, then weâ€™ll find you and bring you to justice.â€
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.