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For Immediate Release

February 07, 2012 Deputy Joseph Palmer, Public Affairs Officer
Northern District of California (415) 436-7636
Cold Case Murder Suspect Arrested

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 25 years.

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 investigation.

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 fugitives.

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