First, let me thank all of the many friends in Mexico who provided me with the information necessary for this post including names and telephone numbers for law enforcement officials. It's a monumental task tracking down Heidi Schnitzer, David Caruso's fugitive Austrian stalker, and I couldn't do it without these most helpful individuals. As requested, no names will be published. Doing so would only subject innocent people to an onslaught of Internet attacks by Schnitzer. Many readers have sent e-mails asking how Schnitzer is able to work in a foreign country given the fact that she is a fugitive with an outstanding warrant on her head. The short answer is Schnitzer cannot do so legally. However, keep in mind that Schnitzer isn't your average law-abiding citizen.
Mexican immigration law dictates that foreigners cannot work in Mexico if they would be taking a job away from a Mexican citizen. If a foreigner was able to find a job that no Mexican national would do, then they would need to have a work visa. In order to obtain a work visa, one must possess proper documentation from their own country. Schnitzer may indeed have the proper documentation but she wouldn't be stupid enough to try to obtain a work visa, not legally at least. Doing so would run the risk she would be arrested and deported to Austria.
Although failure to obey Mexican immigration laws could result in anything from deportation to a jail term, the harsh reality in Mexico is that the right hand doesn't know and rarely cares what the left hand is doing. Schnitzer has more than likely managed to get work either because she or her partner in crime, Christian Putzer, have connections in Mexico who will employ foreigners without papers. Schnitzer no doubt is also being paid under the table. Although Mexican law prohibits this according to the sources for this article, no one really enforces it. Private Mexican employers are not routinely hassled by the federal government making it easy for this illegal practice to thrive.
Guess it wasn't enough for Schnitzer to violate Section 107 of the Austrian Criminal Code when she stalked and threatened to murder David Caruso and two others. Now Schnitzer is clearly in violation of the laws of Mexico where she remains at large evading an arrest warrant.
Heidi Schnitzer remains a fugitive hiding out in Mexico near Tijuana, Ensenada and Rosarito. Schnitzer is armed and considered to be extremely dangerous. Please do not attempt to apprehend this woman. Contact the U.S. Border Patrol at 1-800-232-5378 , the FBI at (310) 477-6565 or Austria's Bundeskriminalamt at +43-(0)1-531 26-0.