Fugitive Wanted for 2012 Attempted Murder in Anaheim Returned to California by the FBI
ANAHEIM—A fugitive wanted for his alleged involvement in an attempted murder in 2012 was extradited from Mexico and returned to Orange County on Friday, announced Don Alway, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
In June 2012, Pedro Fabian Rodriguez, 33, formerly of Anaheim, was involved in a domestic violence incident with the mother of his two children during which he allegedly stabbed the victim approximately 18 times and fled the scene.
Based on an investigation by the Anaheim Police Department, Rodriguez was identified as a suspect following the incident. Rodriguez was charged by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office with attempted murder and other violations in July 2012 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Detectives assigned to the case soon determined that Rodriguez fled the state of California and enlisted the assistance of the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend him.
Earlier this year, investigators developed information as to Rodriguez’s whereabouts and the Mexican government issued a provisional arrest warrant. Agents and detectives worked with Mexican law enforcement officials and the FBI’s Legal Attaché in Mexico City to locate him. Rodriguez was located and taken into custody in July 2022 in the state of Mexico. He was subsequently transferred to Mexico City to face extradition proceedings.
A federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California on November 11, 2022, after Rodriguez was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution (UFAP).
Rodriguez was extradited to Orange County today under the escort of FBI Agents and was turned over to detectives with the Anaheim Police Department.
The government is expected to dismiss the federal warrant charging Rodriguez with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and Rodriguez will await prosecution by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The fugitive investigation and arrest of Rodriguez was a coordinated effort among multiple law enforcement agencies in the United States and Mexico, to include the FBI’s Orange County Fugitive Task Force; the Anaheim Police Department; the Orange County District Attorney’s Office; the FBI’s Legal Attaché in Mexico City; and Mexican law enforcement and government officials.
The return of Rodriguez was sponsored by the United States government’s “Project Welcome Home,” which provides funding for the transportation of FBI fugitives to the United States, where the repatriation by the host country occurs through deportation or extradition.
The FBI continues to work with local law enforcement as well as counterparts in other countries to apprehend violent criminals charged with state crimes who then flee the jurisdiction interstate or internationally. Photos and descriptions of many fugitives wanted by the FBI can be found at www.fbi.gov. Reward money is offered in many cases.
FBI Spokesperson Laura Eimiller: Mobile: (310) 420-6441 firstname.lastname@example.org.