TV producer arrested as fugitive in California
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A TV producer whose wife was killed on a vacation in Mexico was arrested as a fugitive in Southern California on Tuesday, six months after the Mexican government issued a warrant for his arrest.
Bruce Beresford-Redman was taken into custody at the request of the Mexican government by U.S. Marshals and FBI agents at the home he shares with his parents and kids in Rancho Palos Verdes, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek.
A U.S. magistrate judge signed a warrant for Beresford-Redman on Friday in conjunction with a complaint that outlines Mexico’s case against the producer, Mrozek said.
The complaint said Beresford-Redman, 38, is charged with aggravated homicide in the death of his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman, whose body was found in a sewer in Cancun in April while the two were on vacation.
The complaint, which was automatically unsealed on Bruce Beresford-Redman’s arrest, alleges that on April 5, Bruce Beresford-Redman killed his wife by asphyxiating her at the Hotel Palace Nizuc in Cancun. The complaint says a forensic expert who examined the couple’s hotel room found traces of blood on sheets, a pillar and a balcony railing in the room.
Bruce Beresford-Redman’s attorney expressed disappointment at his client’s arrest and reiterated his belief that the former “Survivor” producer is innocent.
“Based upon our investigation, he is an innocent man being wrongfully accused by a foreign government,” attorney Richard G. Hirsch said in a statement. “We hope that after full consideration of both sides, a federal court will decide not to extradite him.”
Mexican officials had issued a warrant for Bruce Beresford-Redman’s arrest in May, but he had already returned to California.
Jeane Ferreira Burgos said in a sworn statement that her sister Monica Beresford-Redman told her about six weeks before she was killed that her husband was having an affair, according to the complaint.
She confronted her husband and he apologized, but when she learned he still had contact with the mistress, she asked for a divorce, according to the complaint.
Burgos said her sister had the locks changed on the couple’s home before the vacation, and told their children’s schools that her husband should not be allowed to pick them up.
Bruce Beresford-Redman’s parents were granted permanent guardianship of the couple’s 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son last week, after a settlement with two of the children’s aunts.
Bruce Beresford-Redman was being taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles, and was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Wednesday, Mrozek said.