American fugitive falls to BI agents in Davao; find out what his crime is

Published March 16, 2021, 3:18 PM

by Jun Ramirez

Operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have arrested an American fugitive wanted in his homeland for violations of his probation.

(PIA / MANILA BULLETIN)

Richard Edward Vukelic, 57, was apprehended in a joint operation between the BI fugitive search unit (FSU) and BI Mindanao task group (MITG). The foreigner was caught last March 11.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said they received official communication from United States (US) authorities stating that Vukelic was wanted in the US for violating his probation.

He faces cases for driving under the influence of liquor and illegal discharge of firearms as per US Penal Law in the State of Arizona.

Documents obtained from MITG Head Melody Gonzales and FSU Chief Bobby Raquepo revealed that Vukelic was the subject of a week-long surveillance.

“When we confirmed that it was indeed him, we immediately implemented his arrest,” said Gonzales.

Vukelic is temporarily detained at BI’s detention facility in Davao pending his deportation.

 
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