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Murder Fugitive Found In Trunk Of Car At Otay Mesa Border Crossing

June 16th 2012   ·   22 Comments

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry early Monday morning apprehended a fugitive wanted for murder who was hiding in the trunk of a vehicle to evade capture.

Jose Alejandro Gonzales

Above: Jose Alejandro Gonzales

Jose Alejandro Gonzales, a 22-year-old male U.S. citizen, was wanted in connection with a Las Vegas shooting in April that left two men dead and two women critically injured. He had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for homicide, with bail set at $2.1 million.

On Monday at about 2 a.m., a 57-year-old female driving a Grey Chevrolet Impala with a 28-year-old female passenger entered the port for inspection from Mexico. The Customs and Border Protection officer conducting the inspection observed the driver and passenger “acting suspiciously” and flagged the car for inspection, according to CBP officials.

CBP officers screened the car with a device similar to an X-ray and saw the outline of a person hiding in the trunk of the car. They opened the trunk, found Gonzales and removed him from the vehicle.

CBP officers used his fingerprints to positively identify him. After confirming the warrant with the FBI, CBP officers transported Gonzales to the San Diego County jail pending extradition.

The two women, both U.S. citizens, were released.

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Readers Comments (22)

  1. chris says:

    Why were they released?? They were both aiding a fugitive of the law.

  2. Bonnie says:

    A U.S. citizen? You mean the idiot son of illegal alien parents that should have never been given an American birth certificate in the first place.
    The women should have been held as accessories. Probably also anchor babies
    from hell.

  3. The good ole’ US of A……

  4. John Tiller says:

    They caught George Zimmerman!

  5. Bert Sousa says:

    There is a law for harboring a fugitive, both Bimbos SHOULD have gone to jail. Lax LAw Enforcement.

  6. one is better then “none” so what else is “lax” right? just about everything in the anchient law books!~~

  7. Fred Gross says:

    Hope he was found in the trunk dead…. was he ?

  8. James Daley says:

    Since when is harboring a fugitive not a felony??? Released the two women for doing what for the border agent(s)? Both belong in jail!!!

  9. The women should have been arrested for aiding and abetting a fugitive.

  10. Saved money for trial–good thing.

  11. thats nice……..let all the criminals in

  12. Obviously if he got caught it’s not Otay for him now !

  13. Shoot him and the trial will not be lengthy(the movie Quigley)

  14. Shoot em is right, send him back in a body bag & the message becomes crystal clear. Dontcha think!

  15. Don Lowe says:

    I agree, NO prisoners—ever. Saves us a lot of money.

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