Mexicali police turn over man wanted for murder in Modesto

May 30, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

The U.S. Marshals Service Violent Crimes Task Force, with the cooperation of state police in Mexicali, extradited a Modesto man wanted in connection with a gang-related murder.

Johnny Nuñez, 25, was taken into custody by marshals at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Nuñez was wanted in connection with the slaying of Cesar Villa, 18, of Modesto on March 6, 2001.

Nuñez is one of two suspects who fled to Mexico after the murder near Mark Twain Park in Modesto.

A marshal from the task force, who wished to remain anonymous, said Nuñez was arrested by Mexicali police in July for robbing a bus driver.

A month earlier a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

The marshal said Nuñez refused to disclose his identity to Mexicali police so Mexicali officers contacted the marshals for assistance. Marshals interviewed Nuñez and identified him.


After serving 11 months in jail for his crime in Mexico, Nuñez was turned over to the marshals.

"We've got a pretty good relationship going with them (Mexican state police). They help us get fugitives back and we help them get fugitives out of the country," said the marshal.

Nuñez has been transferred back to Modesto.

The second fugitive in connection with the murder, Alejandro Alvarez-Campos, 23, surrendered to U.S. Customs officials in June 2001 in San Jose as he got off an airplane from Mexico.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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