A former North Texas resident is being deported from the Philippines, after being discovered as a wanted fugitive involving a shooting in Hunt County.
John Angelo Trujillo may still be brought back to local custody as a result of the incident.
The Philippines News Agency reported the nation’s Bureau of Immigration had arrested Trujillo, 36, a Colombian national, who was wanted by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office for violating his probation.
Trujillo was arrested Tuesday in his condominium unit in Eastwood, Quezon City, according to Bobby Raquepo, head of the BI’s fugitive search unit,
Trujillo was the subject of a complaint filed by an informant who exposed his status as an illegally staying alien managing the operations of a call center in the country without a proper visa.
“U.S. authorities confirmed that Trujillo has an arrest warrant from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office in Greenville, Texas for violating his probation by fleeing to the Philippines,” Raquepo said in a statement.
It was determined Trujillo was convicted of the crime of deadly conduct in the US, but was granted probation by the court in lieu of a jail sentence.
Under US laws, persons given probation are subject to supervision by a probation officer and are prohibited from traveling abroad without notifying the authorities.
Raquepo added that the investigation showed that Trujillo is also an overstaying tourist as he failed to extend his visa after his stay expired last March.
Trujillo will be placed on the BI blacklist and will be banned from re-entering the country.
As of Friday, Trujillo was detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending the issuance of the order for his deportation by the bureau’s board of commissioners. — (PNA)
Trujillo was placed on probation, fined and ordered to serve almost six months in jail after pleading guilty to shooting at a residence in March, 2011.
Trujillo, who lived in Nevada at the time, entered a plea of guilty in the 196th District Court in November, 2011 to one count of deadly conduct by discharging a firearm. Under a plea bargain arrangement, Trujillo was placed on 10 years of probation, with a $500 fine and 180 hours of community service. Trujillo was also ordered to serve 180 days in the Hunt County Jail as a condition of probation.
He was listed as a Hunt County Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive in September, 2015 after allegedly violating his probation.
Trujillo was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in June, 2011. The indictment alleged Trujillo fired at a residence on March 22, 2011 while aware of, but disregarding, the risk that the structure was occupied at the time.
The charge was a third degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of two to 10 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.
It was not immediately known when Trujillo might be returned to Hunt County to face the charge of violating his probation.
A motion to revoke Trujillo’s probation was filed in August, 2013, after he was reported to be driving while intoxicated in Dallas on June 20, 2013 and for allegedly failing to pay fines and court costs.
In February, 2017 196th District Court Judge Andrew Bench amended Trujillo’s probation to waive the $189 in court costs.
“The defendant is currently classified as an offender,” Bench said, adding the order did not dismiss any pending revocation proceedings.