Police ask man to come home, then he leaves in white van.

When police in Maryland received a call on March 30 about a suspicious white sedan parked in the middle of the night near Tipton Beach in Maryland’s Worcester County, they were quickly introduced to…

Police ask man to come home, then he leaves in white van.

When police in Maryland received a call on March 30 about a suspicious white sedan parked in the middle of the night near Tipton Beach in Maryland’s Worcester County, they were quickly introduced to Fred Paez.

Paez, 52, of County Lago, disappeared in Mexico, authorities said, and he had a history of mental illness and disorganized behavior. He had disappeared from the country several times over the past 20 years, including an incident in 2002 when he was reported missing for weeks in Tulare County, California. Police found him naked inside a church rectory, where he had reportedly fled after assaulting a man inside.

Paez left Mexico on a return trip last November, and police learned that he had arranged with a taxi driver to bring him back to the U.S. in a white van. He was supposed to enter the U.S. at a border crossing in El Paso, Texas, and drive through the Mexico-California border to the Pacific Coast, and then wait for a boat to sail him back to Maryland, authorities said.

But once in Maryland, investigators said Paez had a strange chain of events that included, among other things, a bizarre phone call to a Maryland police agency.

That call was placed to the Rockville Police Department on Feb. 12. Paez’s phone had been traced as originating in Mexico and officials got a response from an unknown call center, according to authorities. Paez made repeated references to the two lesbians who bought his bodyguard’s apartment in Salinas, California, around the time of his disappearance, in 2002, authorities said. He also rambled about his loneliness, blaming that loneliness for his disappearance, according to officials. He’d taken out a personal security order forbidding anyone from contacting him, and said he would kill police if they tried to speak to him, police said.

Paez then told authorities that he had seen that the women were in Washington and drove to the wrong location, prompting a search by members of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department’s fugitive task force that resulted in his arrest on Monday. Authorities asked that he be treated for a mental illness, and issued a warrant for his removal from the country, according to a news release. He was caught in the United States with a Mexican passport.

Paez had been living alone in an apartment in Salinas, which is in the south-central part of California, authorities said.

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