El Paso, TX – A man wanted for the alleged murder in March 2015 of a man in Pomona, California, has been arrested following a joint investigation involving American and Mexican law enforcement, announced David Bowdich, Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, and Douglas E. Lindquist, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s El Paso Field Office.
Henry Solis, 27, was arrested on Tuesday by local police in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, at approximately 2:00 p.m. local time. Investigators developed information indicating that Solis had been residing in the Colonia El Mezquital area with family members. Solis was living in Mexico in violation of Mexican immigration law and was deported to the United States last evening. Mexican immigration officials transferred custody of Solis to FBI Agents at the border crossing in El Paso, Texas, at approximately 10:00p.m. local time.
According to a criminal complaint filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles, Solis was involved in a physical altercation with another man, the alleged victim, in the downtown district of the city of Pomona on March 13, 2015. Solis allegedly pursued the victim on foot and shot him multiple times, killing him, according to the complaint.
On March 17, 2015, the Pomona Police Department obtained a warrant for Solis’ arrest for murder in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles. A fugitive investigation was initiated by the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles after it had been established that Solis had left the jurisdiction of California. On March 19, 2015, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court in the Central District of California (Los Angeles), after Solis was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution (UFAP).
Los Angeles and partner offices publicized a photo of Solis, as well as a reward offer of $25,000 in an effort to generate tips on the case. The information that led to the capture of Solis is being evaluated and should any individual or group be eligible, the reward will be paid. Earlier this week, digital billboard space was provided throughout www.fbi.gov/LosAngeles @FBILosAngeles www.facebook.com/FBI
Texas and surrounding states. Solis was also featured on the FBI’s Facebook Page, Twitter Page, and at fbi.gov. See link here: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/murders/henry-solis/view/
“This case illustrates the idea that the pursuit of justice has no borders,” said David Bowdich, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “Law enforcement in Los Angeles and El Paso worked seamlessly with our Mexican partners south of the border to bring this fugitive hunt to a successful close.”
Once in the United States, Solis was transferred to local custody and is being held in an El Paso County facility. Solis had an initial appearance in municipal court in El Paso on a local fugitive charge. Solis will await extradition proceedings in El Paso, at which time it will be determined if and when he is expected to be returned to Los Angeles for prosecution by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
“The apprehension of Henry Solis was a coordinated effort between myriad American and Mexican agencies, said Douglas E. Lindquist, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s El Paso Division. These joint efforts between the law enforcement agencies in Mexico and the United States resulted in the successful apprehension of Mr. Solis, highlighting our long-standing bi-national partnership.”
The federal government expects to dismiss the federal warrant charging Solis with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution and the Los Angeles County District Attorney will pursue prosecution for the murder. The Pomona Police Department is continuing to lead the murder investigation.
Pomona Police Chief Paul Capraro said, “We are very happy that Mr. Solis is in custody and are working toward getting him back to Pomona where he will answer for his alleged crime. We pray that Salome Rodriguez’s family can begin to heal as we move through the prosecution phase of this horrible crime. We are also grateful to all of the assistance from federal, state and local agencies, both here and abroad, who played a role in the capture of Mr. Solis.”
The fugitive investigation and arrest of Solis was a coordinated effort among multiple law enforcement agencies in the United States and Mexico, to include: Fiscalia General del Estado de Chihuahua (State Attorney General’s Office in Chihuahua); the Chihuahua State Police; Instituto Nacional de Migracion (Mexican Immigration); the Pomona Police Department; Los Angeles FBI Fugitive Task Force, to include the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; the El Paso Cross Border Violence Task Force; the United States Attorney’s Offices in Los Angeles and El Paso; the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office; the El Paso Police Department; and the FBI’s El Paso Division.