PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Twenty years after he allegedly gunned down his wife’s friend in a Philadelphia restaurant, a fugitive “spiritualist” who sold religious artifacts around the world is in custody after visiting the U.S. embassy in the Philippines.
Santiago Pedroso, 71, applied for an emergency passport in Manila on Sept. 6, prompting a routine criminal check. The 1992 murder charge soon popped up, leading the FBI to compare an old file photo with one submitted to the embassy.
“Just looking at the two photographs, we knew immediately it was him,” said FBI Special Agent David E. Carter of Philadelphia, one of two agents who greeted Pedroso on Wednesday when he returned to U.S. soil in Los Angeles.
The murder warrant charges Pedroso in the June 1992 death of 41-year-old Delores Alvarez.
His estranged wife had recently moved in with Alvarez when he ran into them at a restaurant on Father’s…
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