Officers arrest suspected California cop killer and 7 others

December 29, 2018

Gustavo Perez Arriaga

Authorities arrested an illegal immigrant on Friday in Bakersfield for the murder of a California police officer. Investigators also arrested seven people who assisted the suspect in his failed attempt to flee to Mexico. [Cal Coast Times]

On Wednesday, Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh, 33, was conducting a traffic stop reportedly as part of a DUI investigation. Moments later, a gun battle ensued, during which Singh was fatally wounded. Officers then began a search for the suspected killer, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 33.

On Thursday, officers arrested  one of Arriaga’s brother, Adrian Virgen, 25, and Arriaga’s coworker, Erik Razo Quiroz, 32, for accessory after the fact to a felony. Virgen and Quiroz were allegedly helping Arriaga, who was trying to flee to Mexico.

After a two-day manhunt, officers arrested Arriaga at a home in Bakersfield. At the same residence, officers arrested Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 59; Erasmo Villegas, 36; and Maria Luisa Moreno, 57, for aiding and abetting the suspect.

Investigators also arrested Gustavo Arriaga’s girlfriend Ana Leyde Cervantes, 30, and another of his brothers, Conrado Virgin Mendoza, 34, for allegedly helping Arriaga evade police.

Arriaga came to the United States illegally crossing the border in Arizona. He has had two prior arrests for DUI, said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, whose agency is leading the investigation.

During a news conference on Friday, Christianson spoke out strongly against California’s sanctuary laws.

“We can’t ignore the fact that this could’ve been preventable,” Christianson said, noting that California Senate Bill 54 prohibited his department from sharing any information with ICE about a criminal gang member.

“This is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE,” Christianson added. “Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh. I’m suggesting that the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited or had their hands tied because of political interference.”


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shishkabob141

Chicken sh*t. NOW he wants to go home???


shelworth

Let’s recall Gavin Newsome and put in Sheriff Adam Christianson! That was the best news conference I ever heard.


ml1999

Democrats want to see this happen nationwide.


kayaknut

And remember soon to be Governor Gavin Newsome also supports sanctuary policies so we can expect more of this.


deepsea

“We can’t ignore the fact that this could’ve been preventable,” Christianson said, noting that California Senate Bill 54 prohibited his department from sharing any information with ICE about a criminal gang member” This ought to be interesting, how the leftists will spin this fact.


Wildrnes

False.

Christianson’s did have the ability to act in accordance to SB 54 and cooperating with the Feds under:


SEC. 2. Section 7282.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

7282.5.(a) A law enforcement official shall have discretion to cooperate with immigration authorities only if doing so would not violate any federal, state, or local law, or local policy, and where permitted by the California Values Act (Chapter 17.25 (commencing with Section 7284)).


(O) Gang-related offenses, as specified in, but not limited to, Sections 186.22, 186.26, and 186.28 of the Penal Code.


If Christianson knew this, then why didn’t his department prosecute and disseminate this info to ICE?


deepsea

See, that didn’t take long


Wildrnes

Just doing research rather than blindly taking a view based on fear. Not liberal and not conservative. But it makes you happy to simplify and reduce things in that manner. Thanks deepdish


nunsense

No spin – they’ll ignore it just like they turned a blind eye to Ms Harris policies when she was in SF