Ex-fugitive charged in cop killing arrives in Boston

By JAMES UPTON  |  Oct. 8, 1988
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BOSTON -- A Boston Police motorcade whisked a former fugitive who had been on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List into a downtown police station for booking on murder charges late Friday night after his long-awaited arrival from Los Angeles.

Ted Otsuki, who is accused of fatally shooting a Boston Police officer last year, arrived at Logan International Airport at about 10 p.m., more than a month after he was captured by Mexican authorities and extradited to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Municipal Court Commissioner Barry D. Kohn Thursday ordered Otsuki, 36, flown back to Massachusetts, despite Otsuki's efforts to fight the extradition.

Police brought Otsuki amid tight security into the Area D police station in Boston's South End to be booked before being brought to the Suffolk County Jail. He faces formal arraignment Tuesday on charges of murder, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery and unlawfully carrying a firearm, police said.

Deputy Superintendent James Claiborne said Boston Police ordered the motorcycles, cruisers and dozen of officers who accompanied Otsuki from the airport to ensure Otsuki's safety.

'Our primary concern is that nothing happen to Otsuki,' Clairborne said. 'This is simply one more step in the process. We won't be sighing relief until until the arraignment.'

Otsuki, a convicted Texas bank robber, was flown to Los Angeles Sept. 5, one day after Mexican federal agents arrested him in Guadalajara and expelled him from that country, said James Ahearn, special agent in charge of the Boston FBI office.

Otsuki, who was armed with a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun, but surrendered without incident, is accused of fatally shooting Boston Police Officer Roy Sergei on Oct. 2, 1987.

The FBI said Otsuki, a native of Harlingen, Texas, also wounded another Boston officer and was wanted for possession of explosives he allegedly intended to use during bank robberies in San Francisco.

Otsuki had evaded authorities since the Boston shootings, crisscrossing the United States before settling in Mexico, officials said.

He was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list in January and eventually was traced through leads supplied by the FBI and three Boston detectives working in Texas, Ahearn said.

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