Captured and Convicted

Criminals often flee San Diego after committing a crime here, attempting to hide in foreign countries such as Mexico. The DA’s Extradition Unit successfully brings fugitives from abroad or from other states to face criminal prosecution in San Diego and seeks justice for crime victims. International extradition is complex and varies from nation to nation with very specific legal requirements involving multiple agencies. We work with local and federal law enforcement organizations as well as the U.S. Department of Justice and foreign governments to extradite, deport or expel fugitives back to San Diego, within the parameters of extradition treaties and foreign immigration laws.

Since 2008, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office has formally extradited 30 fugitives from Mexico to stand trial in San Diego. There is currently one San Diego fugitive in custody in Mexico, pending extradition. We have also successfully extradited or negotiated deportation of offenders from Taiwan, Belgium, the Philippines, Panama and Brazil.

Luis Carlos Huerta Arcasi

Extradited on April 25,2017 from Mexico. Huerta Arcasi, a former soccer coach, was convicted of multiple child molest charges for sexually assaulting two boys he coached. In 2018, he was sentenced to 133 years to life in state prison.

Jesus Trujillo Gonzalez

Extradited on December 30, 2011 from Mexico. Trujillo Gonzalez, a member of the Los Palillos gang, was convicted of three counts of manslaughter for several shootings. In 2015, he was sentenced to 17 years in state prison.

Guillermo Nuñez Gonzalez

Extradited on May 27, 2016 from Mexico. Nunez Gonzalez was convicted of manslaughter and assault with a semi-automatic firearm for killing a man and assaulting another. In 2018, he was sentenced to 18 years in state prison.

Hector Mendieta

Extradited on January 25, 2017 from Mexico. Mendieta was convicted of murder for an unprovoked attack and fatal stabbing of another man. In 2018, he was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison.

Alfredo Muñoz Yanez

Extradited on July 21, 2016 from Mexico. Muñoz Yanez was convicted of voluntary manslaughter after killing a man at a party. In 2016, he was sentenced to 15 years in state prison.

Armando Gabriel Perez

Extradited on August 21, 2012 from Mexico. Perez was convicted of murdering his estranged wife on the City College campus. In 2015, he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Hector Uribe

Extradited on June 8, 2017 from Mexico. Uribe was convicted of voluntary manslaughter with use of a deadly weapon after killing his former roommate. In 2018, he was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

Vincent Legrend Walters

Extradited on June 10, 2014 from Mexico. Walters was convicted of a 1988 murder. In 2015, he was sentenced to 32 years to life in state prison.

Sergio Aguilar Matias

Extradited on July 22, 2014, from Mexico. Aguilar Matias was convicted of forcibly sexually assaulting a minor. He was sentenced to 38 years in state prison.

Jorge Alberto Naranjo

Extradited on December 30, 2011, from Mexico. Naranjo was convicted of robbing and killing a man in a San Diego motel. He was sentenced to 29 years in state prison.

Jesus Arteaga Garcia

Extradited on July 27, 2011, from Mexico. In 2013, Arteaga Garcia was convicted of stabbing and killing his estranged, pregnant wife. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.

Alejandro Avalos Fernandez

Extradited on March 2, 2010, from Mexico. In 2010, Avalos Fernandez was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering an elderly woman in Carlsbad. He was sentenced to 34 years to life in state prison.

Ricardo Borbon Perez

Extradited on September 7, 2011, from Mexico. In 2012, Borbon Perez, a previously convicted child molester, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year old girl in Escondido. He was sentenced to 240 years in state prison.

Vicente Flores Benites

Extradited on October 14, 2010, from Mexico. In 2011, Flores Benites was convicted of murdering a man at a party in 1989. He was sentenced to 8 years in state prison.

Richard Gibbs

In October 2006, Gibbs was deported from Panama to the United States. He had pending child molestation charges in Ohio and San Diego. In 2009, after Gibbs was convicted and sentenced to 12-30 years in state prison on his Ohio case, he was sentenced to three years and eight months in state prison for his San Diego case.

Raymundo Gonzalez

Extradited on February 19, 2014, from Mexico. In 2014, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to repeatedly sexually assaulting a minor. He was sentenced to 30 years in state prison.

Silvio Hernandez

Extradited on December 11, 2008, from Mexico. Hernandez was convicted of forcibly sexually assaulting two minors and sentenced to 9 years in state prison.

Jose Antonio Lopez Tejada

Extradited on September 23, 2010, from Mexico. Lopez Tejada lured the victim to Tijuana, Mexico. Lopez Tejada and an accomplice shot the victim and then left him for dead. The victim survived. Lopez Tejada was sentenced to 19 years in state prison.

Omar Maldonado

Extradited on April 25, 2008, from Mexico. Maldonado was convicted of shooting and killing a 17-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 57 years to life in state prison.

Roy Mallet

Extradited on January 9, 2009, from Mexico. Mallett was convicted of multiple counts of child molestation. He was sentenced to 30 years in state prison.

Melvin McGowan

In 2006, McGowan was deported from the Philippines to San Diego. Already on parole for child molestation, he was convicted of molesting another child and sentenced to 15 years in state prison.

Nancy Mendoza Moreno

Extradited on January 5, 2011, from Mexico. Mendoza Moreno was convicted of multiple kidnappings for ransom with gang and gun allegations and is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Juan Ocampo Martinez

Extradited on March 24, 2014, from Mexico. Ocampo Martinez was convicted of child abuse. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in state prison.

Donald Oskar Kiser

Extradited on Nov. 6, 2015, from Mexico. Kiser was convicted of forcible sexual assault. He was sentenced to three years in state prison.

Jose Efigenio Perez Benavides

Extradited on January 6, 2016, from Mexico. Perez Benavides was convicted of child molestation. He was sentenced to four years in state prison.

Heriberto Rivas Pina

Extradited on June 10, 2014, from Mexico. Rivas Pina was convicted of murdering a man, whose body was found burning in a dumpster. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison.

Jose Ruiz Cortez

Extradited on October 12, 2012, from Mexico. Ruiz Cortez was convicted of forcibly sexually assaulting a minor and sentenced to 18 years in state prison.

Fernando Salas

Extradited on March 1, 2012, from Mexico. Salas was convicted of stabbing and killing an Oceanside man and sentenced to 21 years in state prison.

Rene Sanchez

Extradited on September 19, 2013, from Mexico. Sanchez and other gang members were uninvited guests at a house party, where Sanchez shot and killed a man. He was sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison.

Mauricio Tadeo Alba

Extradited on July 13, 2011, from Mexico. Tadeo stabbed and killed his estranged wife outside her home. He was sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison.

Jose Luis Torres Quiroz

Extradited on June 10, 2009, from Mexico. Torres Quiroz was convicted of multiple counts of child molestation. He was sentenced to 30 years in state prison.

Jared Yaffe

In 2009, Yaffe was deported from Brazil to San Diego. Yaffe was convicted of child molestation and sentenced to 45 years to life in state prison.