7 Accomplices Arrested For Aiding Cpl. Singh's Killer

Police arrested seven accomplices, including a girlfriend, who helped an illegal immigrant cop killer elude the police

Bakersfield, CA – A Mexican national who is accused of murdering a California police officer was arrested along with seven other people who were charged with being accomplices for helping the suspect elude authorities.

After a massive manhunt, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an illegal immigrant with gang affiliations, was arrested Friday.

The arrest was made 200 miles away from where he gunned down Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh at a traffic stop at 1 a.m., according to ABC News.

SWAT team members surrounded the house in Bakersfield where the suspect was in and the 32-year-old surrendered without incident.

Among the seven other accomplices arrested in the aftermath include a woman said to be Arriaga’s girlfriend and two of his brothers, according to police.

Adrian Virgen, Arriaga’s brother, and co-worker Erik Razo Quiroz were arrested as accomplices, according to police. Conrado Virgen Mendoza, another brother to Arriaga, and Arriaga’s girlfriend Ana Leyde Cervantes were arrested Friday for helping Arriaga evade police, ABC reported.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said three other people were also arrested in South Valley for aiding and abetting Arriaga.

Sheriff Youngblood said that Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, Erasmo Villegas and Maria Lusia Moreno were all arrested at the house in Bakersfield, according to ABC.

Their legal status was not released.

Arriaga was a farm laborer who had two prior DUI arrests and is affiliated with the Surenos street gang, according to ABC. Arriaga is suspected of having been under the influence when he fatally shot Cpl. Singh. Police believe that Arriaga was alone when he murdered Cpl. Singh.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson criticized the state's newly enacted SB 54 law, which is credited with making California a sanctuary state.

The law was passed in October in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and it limits the cooperation that California law enforcement can have with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ABC reported.

“This is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE. We were prohibited, law enforcement was prohibited, because of sanctuary laws, and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh,” Sheriff Christianson said, according to ABC.

"This suspect, unlike Ron – who immigrated to this country lawfully and legally to pursue his lifelong career of public safety, public service and being a police officer – this suspect is in our country illegally. He doesn't belong here. He's a criminal," Sheriff Christianson said during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

During an emotional press conference on Thursday, Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson described Cpl. Singh as a "true patriot," and said that he immigrated to the U.S. specifically to become a police officer.

"That's all he wanted to do," Chief Richardson said. "You've never seen a man smile more than him."

The last time he saw Cpl. Singh was at 4 a.m. on Christmas day, as the chief was relieving him so he could go spend a few hours celebrating the holiday with his wife and infant son.

"My department is hurting," Chief Richardson said through tears. "We are struggling through this."

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Cookie9301
Cookie9301

I want to thank all officers that are trying to keep us safe in this demorat evil world. To me they only good criminal is a dead criminal

CrimeDoc
CrimeDoc

The picture I see in my head is the gallows from “Hang Em High”...line all of them up, and let them all drop at once. The illegal fat bastard leader, Gustavo, weighs enough to bring them all down with a snap.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

At least there were 7 others who were added to the list and are off the streets. My respects to Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh and his family. He came in the right way to this country and was trying to make a positive impact. Maybe in his passing he still will be able to make a change......Thank you to all the LEO's /first responders out there who do their work yet see these travesties and abuses of justice from our politicians on a weekly basis yet are vigilant in the continuation of their work. Know this: there are so many more of us out there who back you and pray for your and your families safety and truly appreciate your efforts. Never doubt that we as a group are behind you and we far outnumber those who hate and try to cause you harm. We are all around you. I have now made it a point to make sure I tell each officer I come across what is mentioned here and to thank them for their service. Please spread the word and start doing so as well.

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

Check Paragraph 4. Did a SWAT team really surround “the house in Bakersfield where Singh was in”?

Skidoo
Skidoo

We left Orange Co. in August and love our new, adopted state.

Rayb
Rayb

A public hanging of this POS!! Thank you Governor Brown for bringing this on us..youre guilty also!!!!

HH3
HH3

Officer Singh's family needs to sue the state for every dollar they can!!! Then sue every one of the people who had anything to do with the aiding of this criminal. That to include taking any and all property of every one of them!!

BanditOne
BanditOne

There should be an 8th arrest for helping this murderer, and thats Gov. Brown. The officers blood in on Brown's hands.