Federal Grand Jury Indicts Father for Lying to FBI About Helping Fugitive Son Escape to Mexico
In El Paso this afternoon, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging 53-year-old Victor Manuel Solis, a legal permanent resident living in Lancaster, CA, with making a false statement to El Paso FBI agents concerning an ongoing investigation and search for his fugitive son, former Los Angeles Police officer Henry Solis. That announcement was made today by Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist of the FBI’s El Paso Division.
The indictment alleges that on March 16, 2015, Victor Solis willfully attempted to prevent law enforcement from locating Henry Solis by representing to FBI agents that he, alone, crossed into Mexico on March 14, 2015. Photographs released by the FBI show that Victor Solis, accompanied by Henry Solis, crossed into Juarez, Mexico, from El Paso at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry on March 14, 2015.
Upon conviction, Victor Solis faces up to five years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.
Victor Solis remains in federal custody while Henry Solis remains a fugitive from justice. Authorities are seeking to arrest Henry Solis for his alleged involvement in a homicide in Pomona, CA, last month. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Henry Solis. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Henry Solis is asked to contact their local FBI field office.
The case resulted from a joint investigation by the El Paso and Los Angeles Field Offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Meyers.
It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.