LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A fugitive once featured on “America’s Most Wanted” was in custody in Los Angeles Tuesday for allegedly killing his former girlfriend in Canada a dozen years ago.

Ninderjit Singh, a 33-year-old Indian national and legal resident of Canada, was arrested about 2 p.m. Friday near his home in the Riverside County community of San Jacinto, said Virginia Kice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Singh was being detained in Los Angeles on “a provisional arrest warrant, the first step toward extraditing a fugitive,” Kice said.

Singh allegedly shot and killed 18-year-old Poonam Randhawa in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1999. According to investigators with the Vancouver Police Department, Randhawa was last seen in a vehicle with Singh near her school. Her body was found a short time later on a nearby street.

(credit: U.S. Customs And Immigration Enforcement)

A break in the case came within the last two weeks, when ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents received information from Vancouver police detectives indicating that Singh, who works as a long-haul truck driver, might be in the Los Angeles area.

HSI agents located Singh, who had been making a delivery out of state, and began tracking his movements.

About 11:30 a.m. Friday, California Highway Patrol officers — working with the HSI agents — stopped Singh’s big rig in Irvine and issued him a ticket, Kice said. Singh was then allowed to continue driving, and authorities followed him.

“Thumbprints taken during the traffic stop verified Singh was the murder suspect,” Kice said. “After confirming Singh’s identity with the Vancouver Police Department, HSI agents and local officers moved in to make the arrest.”

Singh was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” in July 2000.

“After more than a decade, this fugitive likely believed he was in the clear, but he underestimated the determination of Canadian and U.S. law enforcement,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for ICE HSI in Los Angeles.

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Comments (9)
  1. Arpaio says:

    Proof that Secure Communities works. Beat it illegals.

  2. dan says:

    Justice has been served…Good JOB by AGENCIES that were invoilved in nabbing this East Indian animal….

  3. krg says:

    His lawyer will claim entrapment and get him off since they stopped him just to get that thumbprint. Wanna take odds?

  4. rich says:

    I totally agree HE WILL WALK im not exactly against what they did lol its kind of a cool idea but to admit it was not bright

  5. duh says:

    This is just bizarre police work. Something isn’t right here. A murder suspect can be arrested and detained for 72 hours without any formal charges. This time could be used to not only correctly identify the detainee, but also make sure he doesn’t somehow escape. Citing him and allowing him to continue driving seems reckless and unnecessary, if all that was needed was a positive ID.

    What’s really going on here?

    1. fff says:

      no when they first stopped him they couldnt recognize him. he was 300lbs and had a beard and was obv much older now..hence they used fingerprints to confirm and arrest him

      1. fda says:

        hes also has a warrant and is charged for 1st degree murder in canada so they can hold him for aslong as hes not extradited back to canada.

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