Oakland, CA –
U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe is proud to announce
the arrest of Ronald A. Brewington, wanted for homicide. Brewington was indicted
nearly 25 years ago in New Mexico for the murder of his wife.
On August 4, 1987, the body of 37-year-old Diedre Brewington was located in her
apartment in Albuquerque, NM. A subsequent investigation determined that she had
been shot to death. Albuquerque Police Department detectives learned Diedre was
separated from her husband, 43-year-old Ronald A. Brewington, and was intending
to divorce him. Investigators determined that there was probable cause to arrest
Mr. Brewington for the murder of his wife and an arrest warrant was obtained.
However, Mr. Brewington had already fled NM and could not be located.
In April, 1988, the Bernalillo County Grand Jury indicted Mr. Brewington for 1st
degree murder in the death of Diedre and a bench warrant was issued. Mr.
Brewington has eluded capture on this charge and has been a fugitive for almost
Last fall, the Albuquerque Police Department Cold Case Unit began a follow up
investigation of the murder and began trying to locate Brewington. A
collaborative multi-agency investigation took place. Detectives tracked
Brewington and learned he has used many aliases and has resided in many
locations across the United States during the past 25 years. With the assistance
of the Albuquerque FBI office, the Oakland Police Department, the San Francisco
Police Department, and the US Marshals, Brewington was tracked to the San
Francisco Bay Area. Each agency was very involved and instrumental in the
Recently, Albuquerque Police Department Cold Case detective and other law
enforcement officers travelled to the Bay Area to conduct an additional
investigation into the exact whereabouts of Brewington.
The United States Marshals
Service in Northern California, together with the Albuquerque Police Department
officers who traveled to the bay area, and other participating agencies, took
Brewington into custody yesterday without incident in Oakland, CA
The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting
fugitive investigations throughout the United States. The U.S. Marshals Service
regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement
agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has
established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of
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