Murder trial for illegal immigrant gang member accused of killing Officer Ronil Singh delayed

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NEWMAN, CA – Authorities have reported that the murder trial against an illegal alien gang member who killed 33-year-old Newman police officer, Ronil Singh, has been delayed due to vital witnesses facing deportation just before the trial is set to begin.

According to reports, the day after Christmas back in 2018, officer Singh pulled the suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, over on suspicion of drunk driving. Police said that once Perez Arriaga was pulled over, that is when he shot officer Singh. 

Over his police radio, Singh was able to call out for back-up by saying, “shots fired.” As responding officers arrived at the scene of the traffic stop, they found officer Singh with a gunshot wound. Singh was immediately transported to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Office Singh was survived by his wife, Anamika and their newborn five-month old son, as well as the entire Newman community that mourned his tragic death.

Perez Arriaga, an illegal alien from Mexico, was arrested later that month for killing Singh, who himself was a legal immigrant from Fiji. 

According to reports, Perez Arriago was officially charged with murder in January 2019. The suspect was a known gang member and had finally been caught after nearly a 50-hour search by law enforcement.

During that search, prosecutors claimed that seven illegal alien friends and family members aided Perez Arriago in attempting to flee the U.S.

They included: Perez Arriago’s bother, 34-year-old Conrado Virgen Arriaga; his other brother, 25-year-old Adrian Virgen; his girlfriend, 30-year-old Ana Leyde Cervantes; his co-worker, 35-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz; a family member, 59-year-old Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda; another family member, 57-year-old Maria Luisa Moreno; and another co-worker, 36-year-old Erasmo Villegas.

All seven of those illegal aliens were indicted with additional charges for using false Social Security numbers and fake IDs to avoid deportation out of the U.S. The trial against Perez Arriago was set to start on September 1st, but has now been delayed.

According to reports, three key witnesses, illegal aliens Conrado Virgen Arriaga, Adrian Virgen, and Erik Razo Quiroz are facing deportation after each was sentenced for aiding Perez Arriaga in helping avoid arrest and flee the U.S.

All three illegal aliens were sentenced to just 21 months, but will likely serve less than half of that before being deported to their native country, Mexico.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been trying to hold off on their deportations so they can be present as witnesses in the murder trial.

Of course, Perez Arriaga’s defense team is trying to push the trial back even further, 18 more months to be exact. Chief Deputy District Marlisa Ferreira said that long of a delay should absolutely not be permitted.

She said:

“This case has been going on for almost two years already. It’s unacceptable to put it out that long.”

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DHS officials will be meeting with prosecutors and the defense team in October for a hearing on how long the thee illegal aliens’ deportations can be deferred. The affidavit of the murder of officer Singh and the attempted escape details various incidents that took place prior to and after the murder.

Allegedly, police found Perez Arriaga’s pickup truck with a bullet hole, which had been covered up in a family member’s garage with plywood by Virgen Arriaga and Quiroz. In addition, according to the suspect’s girlfriend, the gun that Perez Arriaga used to murder officer Singh was purchased just two months prior.

Police said that the gun, a 9mm Smith & Wesson gun was stolen out of Washington state. The suspect’s girlfriend told police that after Perez Arriaga told her that he had shot a police officer, she packed three changes of clothes for him.

The affidavit also alleged that following the murder, Perez Arriaga, his brother, and one of his co-workers planned to go to a construction site for a job, but instead headed to their uncle’s ranch in Stockton, California. All three were asked to leave the ranch by their uncle.

Police said that Quiroz threw the suspect’s gun in a trash can while out at the ranch. The affidavit claimed that Perez Arriaga’s brother Adrian Virgen then picked him up and took him and one of his co-workers to an aunt’s house in Buttonwillow, California to stay. The next day, once the aunt realized he was wanted for murder, she asked them to leave.

Virgen said that he lied to his aunt’s husband in order to borrow $400, which Perez Arriaga then wire transferred to a human smuggler at the U.S./Mexico border to help him escape the U.S. The affidavit also said that the suspect’s brother then took him to the home of family members Bernabe Madrigal Castandea and Maria Luisa Moreno in Bakersfield, California, where they stayed for one night.

Castaneda and Virgen bought the suspect a new cell phone to use at a nearby Metro PCS store while the suspect’s co-worker Erasmo Villegas brought him a change of clothes. Another $500 wire transfer was made by an unknown source to help Perez Arriaga escape to Mexico through the southern border.

According to authorities, before the suspect could flee the county as he allegedly planned, he surrendered at the relatives’ home when the Kern County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrived on December 28, 2018 to take him into custody. Perez Arriaga has pleaded not guilty to murdering officer Singh.

If convicted, Perez Arriaga faces the death penalty. 

 

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