U.S.-Philippine Cooperation Leads to Arrest of U.S. Fugitive

Pampanga, March 18, 2019 — U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Manila Police District/Special Operations Unit (SOU), and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI)/Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) arrested a U.S. fugitive wanted on child pornography-related charges in Angeles City, Pampanga on March 16.  The successful operation was a result of close cooperation between Philippine and U.S. law enforcement authorities.

HSI Manila, HSI Las Vegas, the PNP/SOU and the BI/FSU coordinated the successful arrest of Joel Aquino Pasay, a United States citizen.  The arrest followed a nearly two-year search for Pasay, who is a U.S. fugitive.  On May 2, 2017, Pasay was indicted in the United States District Court, District of Nevada, for violation of Title 18 U.S. Code 2252A(a)(2), Receipt of Child Pornography.