Episode 068: Phillip Sena – Cop Killer, Top Ten Fugitive Ted Otsuki

Retired agent Phil Sena served 25 years in federal law enforcement, seven as a Deputy U. S. Marshal and 18 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Phil Sena is interviewed about the fugitive investigation of Top Ten Fugitive Ted Otsuki. In October 1987, Otsuki killed Boston police officer Roy Sergei and wounded officer Jorge Torres when they responded to a domestic disturbance call. A national manhunt to locate and capture Otsuki ensued. After he developed a crucial cooperating witness, Phil Sena, working closely with Boston and San Francisco detectives, took up the fugitive hunt in San Francisco, Texas and Guadalajara, Mexico, where Otsuki was eventually captured by Mexican Federal Judicial Police and the FBI. In addition to working fugitive cases, during his Bureau career, Phil Sena gained extensive experience in the investigation of violent crime and terrorism and served as a Supervisory Special Agent of the Bank Robbery/Kidnap Squad, the Fugitive Task Force and the Violent Gang Task Force, as well as Crisis Management Coordinator and SWAT Coordinator in the FBI Tactical Operations Center for the San Francisco Division. Phil Sena is certified as a Police Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, SWAT Instructor, Police Fitness Instructor and Tactical Instructor.

Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)

Phillip Sena

9/13/1982 – 1/30/2000











The following links at to articles about slain Boston police officer Roy Sergei, the arrest and sentencing of his killer,  Top Ten Fugitive Ted Otsuki, a FBI Files episode depicting the shooting and fugitive hunt and a list of frequently asked questions about the FBI’s Top Ten Fugitive Program:

Boston Globe Memorial Article (VIDEO) – Slain police officer honored with Back Bay memorial sign

UPI Archives – Ex-fugitive charged in cop killing arrives in Boston

UPI Archives – Jury convicts bank robber in slaying of police officer

FBI Files (VIDEO) – Lawless https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FAvorsdnRc

FBI Website – Ten Most Wanted Fugitives FAQ

On September 4, 1988, Top Ten Fugitive Ted Otsuki was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico, by Mexican Federal Judicial Police and the FBI who set up a surveillance team and waited for him at his apartment. (Photo courtesy of FBI)








Phil Sena in his natural habitat.










Phil Sena during reconnaissance operations training in Hawaii. Keep looking, he’s in there.









Phil Sena while attending High Altitude Helo Ops School in Reno.












Phil Sena (back in the early days)  having fun repelling from a tower.












Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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