Police officer Ronil Singh suspected killer arrested.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga, the man accused of shooting and killing Newman Police Corporal Ronil “Ron” Singh has been captured.
A total of seven other people who, authorities believe, misled law enforcement about his whereabouts or aided him in fleeing were also arrested.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office says that Arriaga was taken into custody, using Cpl. Singh’s handcuffs, nearly 200 miles away in the Kern County town of Lamont early Friday morning.
The suspect’s brother, 25-year-old Adrian Virgen, and a co-worker, 32-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz, were also arrested on “accessory after the fact” charges for attempting to protect Arriaga. Authorities say both men are also in the country illegally.
Another brother of Arriaga, 34-year-old Conrado Virgen Mendoza from Chowchilla, and Arriaga’s girlfriend, 30-year-old Ana Leyde Cervantes of Newman, were arrested on Friday for aiding Arriaga in evading authorities following the murder of Corporal Singh, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said on Friday night. Their booking photos were released, along with that of Arriaga.
Kern County Sheriff’s Donny Youngblood said that three additional people were also arrested in the South Valley for aiding and abetting Arriaga.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson says that Arriaga was attempting to make his way to Mexico when he was arrested. He was found at a house in Lamont, California that was being monitored by law enforcement.
According to Kern County Sheriff, when SWAT deputies surrounded that home, Arriaga surrendered without incident. Three additional people were arrested from the house for aiding and abetting, they include 59-year-old Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 36-year-old Erasmo Villegas and 57-year-old Maria Luisa Moreno.
Sheriff Christianson says that Arriaga was a member of the Sureños street gang and had been arrested twice before on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.