An exhaustive investigation by the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau led investigators to believe Carnes had fled to the area of Vancouver, British Columbia. Detectives notified the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who worked closely with Sheriff’s investigators and tracked Carnes to a home in Langley, British Columbia. Carnes was taken into custody at that home without incident on January 25, 2008.
Since being taken into custody, Carnes fought deportation arguing he was a refugee from the United States. The Canadian courts recently denied his claims and Carnes was deported on May 15, 2009. On that date, he was taken into custody at the Canadian/United States border by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department in Washington State. Carnes was held in the Whatcom County Jail until he was released to the custody of Sacramento Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau detectives on May 27, 2009. That same day, Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau detectives, assisted by the California Department of Justice, transported Carnes to Sacramento and booked him into the Main Jail.