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Fugitive wanted in double murder arrested in Mexico

August 10, 2012 | 12:36 pm

Mexican authorities have captured a 37-year-old fugitive wanted in connection with a 14-year-old double murder in Moreno Valley that left his ex-girlfriend and her unborn child dead, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office.

Jose Moreno Castillo was living in Guadalajara under a false name when he was taken into custody Tuesday by investigators with Mexico's Policia Federal Ministerial, officials said. He admitted his true identity, and his fingerprints confirmed he was the fugitive wanted in connection with the Moreno Valley murders, according to John Hall, spokesman for the district attorney’s office.

The murders occurred on May 20, 1998 at a home on Cochiti Drive in Moreno Valley. Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a 911 call and found Castillo's former girlfriend, Elisia Inez Gonzales, stabbed to death. Gonzales was nine months pregnant at the time, and her unborn child also was killed in the attack, authorities said.

Castillo also allegedly stabbed Gonzales' mother, who survived and identified Castillo as the assailant, the district attorney’s office said in a statement released Friday.

In July, officials said, Riverside County investigators and FBI agents in Mexico developed information about Castillo's false identity and possible whereabouts, and they passed that information to Mexican authorities.

Castillo is being held in Guadalajara. Riverside County prosecutors are in the process of officially requesting that he be returned to the United States to stand trial.

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-- Phil Willon in Riverside

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