Portland, OR – A Mexican man who was charged in a crash that killed an Oregon sheriff’s deputy in 2007, and then mistakenly released from a Mexican jail 10 months ago, has been arrested again.
Alfredo de Jesus Ascencio, 29, was arrested on outstanding warrants for the deputy’s and another man’s homicides on Thursday, Dec. 21, in the Mexican state of Michoacan.
A grand jury had indicted de Jesus Ascencio on charges of criminally negligent homicide more than ten years ago after a traffic crash that killed his 19-year-old passenger Oscar Ascencio Amaya, and Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg.
On June 16, 2007, Deputy Fredinburg, 33, was traveling southbound on Highway 99-E en route to an emergency call when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by de Jesus Ascencio, according to Statesman Journal.
Deputy Fredinburg’s cruiser caught fire and he was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office since August, 2006, after working six years with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Amaya was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated the crash and presented its finding to the Marion County Grand Jury on August 3, 2007. De Jesus Ascencio was indicted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide.
Before court officials could arraign him on charges, de Jesus Ascencio fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.
Limitations in the extradition treaty prevented de Jesus Ascencio from being returned to the United States, but Oregon prosecutors sought an Article 4 prosecution in 2010 which allowed the Mexican judicial system to prosecute him instead.
The case was given to a Mexican federal judge for review and he approved the Article 4 paperwork in 2011. Mexican arrest warrants were issued for de Jesus Ascencio.
De Jesus Ascencio was initially arrested in the Mexican state of Puebla on January 20, 2017, where he was transported to the state of Baja California. Mexican officials mistakenly released him a month later, and he was not located again until Thursday.
In a statement, the OSP said it had “…worked jointly with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, FBI Agents assigned in Mexico City and Salem, the U.S. Embassy, Interpol, and the Mexican Attorney General’s Office in this investigation.”