TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A police watchdog on the run is now said to have been found dead in Mexico.
Adam Rupeka and his girlfriend, Jennifer Ogburn, went on the run after facing charges involving the alleged sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl.
Rupeka was best known for his videotaped confrontations with police. Cops called him antagonizing. The Troy man was pepper sprayed in May 2015 after giving a Saratoga Springs police officer the middle finger.
But Rupeka had the last laugh with a $50,000 settlement.
“It’s not that I don’t like police,” he said at the time. “If you’re not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to hide.”
But on March 26, Rupeka and Ogburn were both charged with sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl. The couple skipped their court dates and went on the run. Rupeka posted a series of videos online.
“I am now on the run for my life, and this is all because of everything I exposed the police doing,” he said in a video.
Rupeka posted a video that claimed he was crossing into Canada.
“You want to be able to cross a border without anybody knowing,” he said in the video. “You have to go to a spot that nobody would look, to think, that you would even go.”
Many thought it was all a hoax, but then Ogburn posted a message saying she intended to take her life. There were rumors the couple was in Mexico.
An article from a Mexican newspaper in Tijuana reported the pair were found in a low budget motel dead of an apparent, self-inflicted drug overdose. A message left on the mirror written in English read, “Nobody knows we’re in Mexico.”
“When they said drug overdose, that just made absolutely no sense,” Rupeka’s estranged wife, Rebecca Rupeka, said. “He never did drugs.”
Rebecca Rupeka said the U.S. Consulate called her with the news Adam was dead. She’s still trying to wrap her head around it.
“He was such a strong person,” she said. “I just don’t get it.”
Rebecca said she doesn’t understand why Adam didn’t stick around to the fight the misdemeanor charges against him. She said she should know more about his death after an autopsy.