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Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio was arrested in Mexico in January but is on the run again

COURTESY PHOTO - Alfredo De Jesus AscencioA man wanted in the 2007 death of a Marion County sheriff's deputy is on the run again after spending a month in a Mexican federal prison, according to the Marion County district attorney's office.

Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio avoided arrest for 10 years following the death of Deputy Kelly Fredinburg, who died on June 16, 2007, after De Jesus Ascencio's vehicle crashed head-on into Fredinburg's patrol car just north of Gervais.

Fredinburg was en route to an emergency call on Highway 99E southbound when his patrol car was struck by De Jesus Ascencio's vehicle. Fredinburg's patrol car caught fire and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fredinburg joined the Marion County Sheriff's Office in August 2006 after working the previous six years for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was 33 years old.

Oscar Ascencio Amaya, a 19-year-old passenger in De Jesus Ascencio's vehicle, also died as a result of the crash.

De Jesus Ascencio, who was 20 years old at the time, was treated for critical injuries at a Portland-area hospital.

Oregon State Police investigated the crash and a grand jury indicted De Jesus Ascencio on Aug. 3, 2007, on two counts of criminally negligent homicide. It was learned he fled the country to Mexico to avoid prosecution around the time of the indictment.

In 2010, the DA's office successfully filed an Article IV prosecution, which allows certain crimes committed in the United States to be prosecuted by the Mexican judicial system. Pursuant to the Article IV prosecution, De Jesus Ascencio was adjudicated in absentia and a Mexican arrest warrant was issued for him causing the deaths of Deputy Fredinburg and Oscar Ascencio Amaya.

It seemed the search for De Jesus Ascencio finally came to a close in January. The sheriff's office announced that De Jesus Ascencio was arrested in the Mexican state of Puebla and was in custody. He was later transported to the Mexican state of Baja California.

However, the DA's office announced Friday that due to an administrative error, Ascencio was released from prison in Baja California just one month after his arrest.

Since his release, the Oregon State Police and the DA's office have been working jointly with the FBI, the U.S. embassy, Interpol and the Mexican attorney general's office in a consolidated effort to locate De Jesus Ascencio and bring him to justice. To date, those efforts have been unsuccessful and he remains at large.

Although the victims' families have been informed throughout the process, this information had not been made public until now due to ongoing attempts to locate the fugitive. A warrant for his arrest remains active and law enforcement continues to search for him.

"It's important for the community to know that we will not let up despite the passage of time. We remain fully committed to seeking justice for the victims and their families," said Marion County DA Walt Beglau in a press release,

To assist that effort law enforcement is asking for the help of anyone who may have information regarding the whereabouts of De Jesus Ascencio.

The Fredinburg family has worked closely with law enforcement officials to establish the Oregon Officer Reward Fund, available to help law enforcement arrest persons wanted in connection with criminal investigations where Oregon police officers are injured or killed in the line of duty. As a result, a reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information that leads to De Jesus AscenciMexican judicial system. Pursuant to the Article IV prosecution, De Jesus Ascencio was adjudicated in absentia and a Mexican arrest warrant was issued for him causing the deaths of Deputy Fredinburg and Oscar Ascencio Amaya.

It seemed the search for De Jesus Ascencio finally came to a close in January. The sheriff's office announced that De Jesus Ascencio was arrested in the Mexican state of Puebla and was in custody. He was later transported to the Mexican state of Baja California.

However, the DA's office announced Friday that due to an administrative error, Ascencio was released from prison in Baja California just one month after his arrest.

Since his release, the Oregon State Police and the DA's office have been working jointly with the FBI, the U.S. embassy, Interpol and the Mexican attorney general's office in a consolidated effort to locate De Jesus Ascencio and bring him to justice. To date, those efforts have been unsuccessful and he remains at large.

Although the victims' families have been informed throughout the process, this information had not been made public until now due to ongoing attempts to locate the fugitive. A warrant for his arrest remains active and law enforcement continues to search for him.

"It's important for the community to know that we will not let up despite the passage of time. We remain fully committed to seeking justice for the victims and their families," said Marion County DA Walt Beglau in a press release,

To assist that effort law enforcement is asking for the help of anyone who may have information regarding the whereabouts of De Jesus Ascencio.

The Fredinburg family has worked closely with law enforcement officials to establish the Oregon Officer Reward Fund, available to help law enforcement arrest persons wanted in connection with criminal investigations where Oregon police officers are injured or killed in the line of duty. As a result, a reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information that leads to De Jesus Ascencio's arrest.

"Our hope is that this reward will encourage someone to help us locate De Jesus Ascencio. That's what matters most at this point," Beglau said.

Anyone with information about De Jesus Ascencio can report tips by calling 800-452-7888 (in Oregon only); calling the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-503-823-HELP for tips from the U.S. or 011-503-823-4357 for calls from Mexico; or email tips to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Callers should refer to Case No. 07-28 and bilingual call takers are available.

Tips should have as much detail as possible. Although tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by investigators, if needed.

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