The FBI Thursday announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a parolee placed on the agency’s “most wanted” list for allegedly shooting his pregnant girlfriend in the head at a home in East Hollywood.
Philip Patrick Policarpio, 39, is accused of killing Lauren Olguin and her unborn child.
Officers were sent to the 500 block of North Virgil Avenue, between the Hollywood (101) Freeway and Melrose Avenue, about 6 a.m. on April 12 to investigate a report of a shooting and found Olguin dead.
A criminal complaint alleges Policarpio and Olguin were at a friend’s home when he became angry and started beating her in the face with his fists, then pulled out a handgun and shot her in the forehead.
“Philip Patrick Policarpio is a danger to society and we are using a variety of resources to find him,” said Deirdre L. Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
“FBI agents sought this violent offender in the year 2000 and found him overseas before he was deported to the U.S. to serve his time. Now that he’s fled yet again after being charged with the double homicide of innocent, defenseless victims, I’m confident he will be located as a result of the worldwide publicity generated by the Top Ten List, coupled with the expertise of the members of our Fugitive Task Force and the public on whom they heavily rely,” Fike said.
Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said: “With the help of the FBI and the community, we can apprehend this alleged murderer, seek justice for the victims and ensure that he does not harm anyone else.”
Policarpio is Filipino, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 150 to 165 pounds. He has tattoos on his chest, including one that reads “Only God Can Judge Me,” and on his back, both arms and left thigh. He has moles on his right nostril, near his left nostril and below his right lip, and a scar near his left eye.
He may wear glasses and his head may be shaved, according to the FBI.
He goes by the aliases Damon Hiromi Tanaka, Damon Hiromi Tanak, Damon Tanaka, Philip Policardio, Paul Policarpio, Phillip Policarpio, Bugsy, Sinister and Sins.
Policarpio should be considered armed and extremely dangerous, according to the FBI, which reported he was paroled in May 2015 after serving time for a 2001 assault with a firearm conviction. His 14-year sentence stemmed from a 2000 crime in Burbank, during which nine shots were fired into a vehicle during a dispute with its occupants.
A most wanted bulletin says Policarpio may have traveled to Las Vegas and may still have ties to the Philippines, where he was arrested in connection with the 2000 case.
He’s also known to use and sell illegal drugs and could be deriving income from credit card or vehicle identification number fraud, according to the FBI, which says Policarpio may be in possession of multiple weapons as well as foreign travel documents in multiple names.
“My biggest fear is he’ll hurt someone else, and then they’ll end up in my shoes, because I’m already here and there’s no going back,” the slain woman’s tearful mother said at a news conference where the reward was announced.
“She was one four children that I … have and you never expect to be in this position. So I just hope that, whoever out there knows anything, please, please just let law enforcement know.”
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts was urged to call their local FBI office, the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office at (310) 477-6565 or the nearest American embassy or consulate.
Information can also be provided by contacting homicide detectives at the LAPD’s Rampart Division at (213) 484-3642. After-hours and weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. All tips can be submitted anonymously.
— Wire reports