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Diplomatic Security Locates and Helps Return a San Francisco Fugitive

Press Statement
San Francisco, CA
June 2, 2011


Vincent Christopher Huergas Wanted in Northern California on Robbery Charges

Special agents from the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) helped locate and return San Francisco robbery fugitive Vincent Christopher Huergas from the Zambales region of the Philippines. Huergas was arrested by law enforcement officials from the Philippine Bureau of Immigration in coordination with the Philippine National Police on May 26, 2011, and returned to the United States on May 29, 2011, to face prosecution.

On April 7, 2011, the Superior Court in the City and County of San Francisco issued warrants for the arrest of Huergas on two counts of robbery. Huergas allegedly fled the United States on February 23, 2011.

After a complex investigation involving DSS special agents at the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy Manila and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, Huergas was identified as living in the Zambales region of the Philippines, approximately a five-hour drive from Manila. DSS special agents, in close coordination with local police, discovered that Huergas was residing in the town of Candeleria.

DSS special agents in the Philippines worked closely with local law enforcement and on May 26, 2011, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, in coordination with the Philippine National Police arrested Huergas.

Once Huergas was taken into custody, DSS special agents at the U.S. Embassy in Manila worked with the Government of the Philippines to arrange for Huergas’s return to the United States.

Huergas was escorted by a DSS special agents and Philippine immigration law enforcement officers on a commercial aircraft to San Francisco, where he was formally arrested by San Francisco Police Department Inspectors upon arrival on Sunday, May 29.

“Diplomatic Security’s Regional Security Office in Manila worked closely with our law enforcement counterparts in the Philippines to locate Huergas,” said Jeffrey W. Culver, Director of the Diplomatic Security Service. “This is an example of the unparalleled capability of Diplomatic Security to pursue, locate and return fugitives.”

Because the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service is the most widely represented law enforcement organization in the world, DSS’s capability to track and capture fugitives who have fled U.S. jurisdiction to avoid prosecution is unmatched. During 2010, DSS assisted in the resolution of 188 international fugitive cases from over 30 different countries.

The charges against the defendant are only allegations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State's law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic missions around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. More information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at

DS contact: Sarah Rosetti

Phone:  571-345-2507

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