A Utah man could be facing attempted murder charges in Mexico after attempting to flee a crime by driving through a busy port of entry.
Fleeing the scene
29 year old Frank Eddie Stricker was fleeing police in Mexico when he drove through the U.S. port of entry with complete disregard to bystanders in his way. Moments before the chaotic scene at the border, Stricker and his girlfriend had gotten into a disagreement with another individual at which point Stricker allegedly brandished a knife. When Mexico police confronted him, Stricker and his girlfriend entered their rental truck and proceeded to charge the port of entry towards the U.S., injuring five people.
Crime on foreign soil
Since Stricker committed the crimes in Mexico, he is subject to the interpretation of their law and accompanying punishment for a crime. According to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico “While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country’s laws and regulations which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law.” While Stricker is subject to sentencing at the hands of the Mexican government, if he is lucky, there is a chance he could serve his time in the United States thanks to the International Prisoner Transfer Program. While that could take a lot of time, especially awaiting trial and sentencing, Stricker is likely to spend an undesirable amount of time incarcerated on foreign soil. Until then, the U.S. Consular Officers stated that they will help U.S. citizens arrested abroad in the following ways:
- “Provide a list of local attorneys who speak English
- Contact family, friends, or employers of the detained U.S. citizen with their written permission
- Visit the detained U.S. citizen regularly (In pre-trial status once every month. For convicted prisoners, visits are scheduled every six months) and provide reading materials and vitamin supplements, where appropriate
- Help ensure that prison officials are providing appropriate medical care
- Provide a general overview of the local criminal justice process, and local legal process
- Establish an OCS Trust, when no other means to send funds are available so friends and family can transfer funds to imprisoned U.S. citizens
[but they] cannot:
- Get U.S. citizens out of jail overseas
- State to a court that anyone is guilty or innocent
- Provide legal advice or represent U.S. citizens in court overseas
- Serve as official interpreters or translators
- Pay legal, medical, or other fees overseas”
Stricker is currently being held by the Public Ministry awaiting a criminal hearing in a foreign court.