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Sean Grebinger, estranged husband of missing Lafayette woman Crystal Grebinger, arrested in Brazil

Grebinger now awaiting extradition back to U.S.
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Posted at 7:06 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 19:06:42-05

Sean Grebinger, the estranged husband of missing Lafayette woman Crystal Dupuis Grebginger, has been arrested in Pouso Alegre, Brazil, according to Brazilian Federal Police.

Federal Police report that Grebinger, 48, was wanted by Interpol in connection with the alleged murder of his wife, Crystal Dupuis Grebinger, and also for the assault of his current wife in Brazil.

Grebinger was arrested on Tuesday by the Federal Police with the support of Brazil's Military Police "in compliance with a court order of prison for extradition purposes, issued by the Federal Supreme Court (STF)."

Crystal was last seen at Faith House, a Lafayette shelter for victims of domestic violence. She had four children and was 32 years old when she disappeared in 2013. We spoke to her family last year on the anniversary of her disappearance.

The release continues, "According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI, two weeks after the crime, the killer took a flight to São Paulo. In Brazil, he married a Brazilian woman, obtaining a residence permit in the country. In an attempt to obtain refuge, he falsely claimed to have been an agent of the American Special Forces of Counterterrorism, in addition to simulating political persecution in the USA. On 1/31/2020, he was the author of domestic violence against his Brazilian wife in Pouso Alegre."

Grebinger will be taken to the Pouso Alegre Prison, where he will "remain at the disposal of the Brazilian Supreme Court until his extradition to the United States is authorized," said the Federal Police.

They add that once Grebinger is extradited to the U.S., "he will be accountable to the Justice of that country."

KATC reached out to family members who said they are not allowed to speak on the subject at this time.