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For Immediate Release

July 20, 2018 Brandon Filla, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Texas - Austin (512) 916-5393;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Texas Top 10 Fugitive Captured in Mexico
Faces federal charges stemming from unlawful firearm possession
LSFTF LogoAustin, TX - On Thursday, one of Texas’ Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives, Paulo Guillen, was returned to Texas from Mexico to face a number federal and state charges.

In June 2017, Guillen, 31, was arrested by the Austin Police Department for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon after he evaded arrest in a vehicle. He was placed on bond. In August 2017, an arrest warrant was issued for Guillen after he was federally indicted in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas where he was charged with felony possession of a firearm. In addition, he failed to appear for his court date in August 2017, which resulted in an additional warrant for his arrest.

In April 2018, Guillen was added to the Texas Top 10 Most Wanted fugitive list. U.S. Marshals joined the manhunt for him that same month when members of the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force with assistance from the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force in Houston and Brownsville initiated a fugitive investigation into his whereabouts. Task force members were able to determine Guillen had crossed the border into Mexico.

Working with their law enforcement counterparts in Mexico, U.S. Marshals task force members developed information leading them to believe Guillen was in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, where he was ultimately located and detained on Thursday, July 19. He was immediately turned over to U.S. authorities at the Brownsville Gateway International Bridge in Texas.

Guillen will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service awaiting extradition to the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, pending further judicial proceedings.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin:
  • Austin Police Department-Tactical Intelligence Unit
  • Buda, Cedar Park, Kyle, Leander, Round Rock, San Marcos Police Department
  • Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office
  • Texas Attorney General’s Office
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. DHS/Homeland Security Investigations
  • U.S. Marshals Service


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