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Suspect arrested in 1998 slaying of German tourist in Santa Monica

February 12, 2009 |  6:44 pm

A man wanted in connection with the slaying of a German tourist in Santa Monica more than a decade ago was arrested in Jamaica, where he was living under a false identity, officials said Thursday.

Paul Carpenter, 31, was arrested Wednesday morning in Kingston, where he was working as a driver at a car dealership and had started a family, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Carpenter has been a fugitive since October 1998, when he, along with his girlfriend and two other friends, allegedly shot and killed 50-year-old German tourist Horst Fietze during a botched robbery attempt.

Fietze had been walking back to his hotel from a trip to the beach with his wife and other friends.

Carpenter was charged in 1999 with one count of murder and three counts of attempted robbery, and could be eligible for the death penalty, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. His alleged accomplices were all convicted and given lengthy prison sentences.

A tipster notified federal agents of Carpenter’s whereabouts, and will be receiving a $20,000 reward. Carpenter is expected to be returned to Los Angeles on Friday, Eimiller said.

--Victoria Kim