The tragic story occurred ten years ago on Highway 99E when Deputy Kelly Fredinburg was enroute to an emergency call when his patrol car was hit head-on by a vehicle driven by De Jesus Ascencio. Deputy Fredinburg and a passenger of in Ascencio’s vehicle were killed – but Ascencio survived.
After a grand jury investigation Ascencio was charged with two counts of Criminal Negligent Homicide. Instead of surrendering to authorities Ascencio fled to Mexico before he could be arraigned in court.
A short time later the Marion County District Attorney filed a request for a Mexican Court to issue an arrest warrant on Asencio. Ascencio was arrested and brought to a holding facility in Baja California, near San Diego. However Ascencio was reported to have been accidentally released a month later.
Seven years later, Mexican authorities caught up with Ascencio in the State of Michoacan, about half way between Mexico City and Guadalajara. Mexican authorities re-arrested him and this time made sure he was turned over to U.S. authorities. Ascencio is now lodged in the Marion County Jail to face the charges he should have faced ten years ago.
Although the U.S. and Mexico have an agreement to arrest each other’s fugitives, it still required the services of not only the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department, but also the FBI (including agents assigned to Mexico City), the U.S. Embassy, Interpol (International Police), and the Mexican Attorney General’s Office to bring Ascencio back to the U.S. to stand trial for the death of Deputy Fredinburg.