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L.A. man wanted in killing of pregnant girlfriend is now one of FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives

Philip Patrick Policarpio

Philip Patrick Policarpio, 39, was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on May 19.

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A convicted felon was added Thursday to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with the slaying of his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child during a card game last month, authorities said.

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Philip Patrick Policarpio, who has been on the run since April when his girlfriend was discovered dead, according to the FBI. Policarpio, 39, was charged with first-degree murder on April 22 in Los Angeles, and authorities have issued local, state and federal warrants for his arrest.

“His pattern is one of violence, and he is always armed," said Special Agent Scott Garriola, a member of the FBI’s Los Angeles Fugitives Task Force. “He is the definition of a continuing threat to the community.”

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Authorities said Policarpio should be considered armed and dangerous.

FBI officials say Policarpio, whom they described as mentally unstable and an illegal drug abuser, is known to travel to Las Vegas and has ties to the Philippines.

Policarpio and his live-in girlfriend, Lauren Elaine Olguin, attended an April 12 gathering at a friend’s home in the 500 block of North Virgil Avenue in East Hollywood.

He stormed into a room where Olguin, 32, was playing cards and became angry.

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Policarpio started beating her with his fists on the head, according to a U.S. District Court criminal complaint. He then pulled out a handgun and shot Olguin once in the forehead, authorities said.

The shot killed her. She was pregnant at the time.

Witnesses told investigators that Policarpio dropped the gun, then retrieved it again and fled the area. Based on cellphone records, authorities think he was selling narcotics after the shooting and may have fled to Las Vegas, according to the complaint.

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At the time of Olguin’s death, Policarpio was on parole for multiple counts of attempted murder stemming from a 2000 case in Burbank.

In that case, he fired multiple rounds at an occupied vehicle. A woman was shot in the head and survived. A man was struck by gunfire in the shoulder and also survived.

After he was identified as a suspect in the Burbank shootings, Policarpio’s mother helped him flee to the Philippines, according to the complaint. Authorities obtained a federal arrest warrant for him that same year.

Philippine authorities captured Policarpio in 2001, and shot him when he resisted arrest. He eventually was extradited to the U.S. to face charges in the Burbank case.

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He served 14 years in prison for the offense and was living with his mother in Los Angeles after he was released.

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Policarpio has multiple spouses and children in Florida and the Philippines. He also has several passports and foreign travel documents in multiple names, according to the complaint.

Policarpio is described as 5-foot-8, weighing 150 to 165 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. He is known to wear eyeglasses and has moles on his face. Policarpio has tattoos on his back, arms, left thigh and one on his chest that says “Only God Can Judge Me.”

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UPDATES:

2:15 p.m.: This article has been updated with reward information.

This article was originally published at 1:51 p.m.


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