Published Tuesday, April 13, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
A Dominican citizen surnamed Polanco, 40, with residence in the United States was arrested in 2019 in Costa Rica and now extradited this week to the U.S. on suspicion of committing a crime, according to the NY Daily News.
In Oct. 2019, Border Police officers from the Guaycará delegation in Golfito District, in the southern zone of the country, arrested Polanco, who was named in a warrant from the U.S. Justice Department.
According to the police report, Polanco was wanted by a New York court for a case linked to a murder.
The Dominican man was arrested at the Border Police post in Golfito, during a routine review. "He was traveling as a passenger in a car when he was traveling to San José, apparently coming from somewhere in the border sector with Panama," the police said in its report.
In the routine inspection, the man handed the officers a passport and a driver's license of a U.S. citizen named Michael Dominik John from California.
"Everything seemed normal," the police said in its report. "With that identification, there was no criminal record or warrant order."
However, during the routine inspection, the man admitted to the officers that the documents were fake and his real name was Julio Mairena born in Nicaragua, police said.
The officers decided to review the identifications with the Drug Control Police and with authorities of the United States Embassy in Costa Rica.
The man was arrested for using a false document and after an investigation, the officers discovered that the true surname of the suspect was Polanco, who was born in the Dominican Republic on Nov. 3, 1980, and that he was the subject of an arrest warrant for a murder case, committed in New York.
According to the police report, Polanco was a resident in the United States living in an apartment located in the community of Colima in Tibás Canton, San José Province.
The suspect was kept in cells of the Migration Police until he was extradited this week to the United States.
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