Charges Against Cpl. Singh's Killer On Hold, Defense Claims He's Incompetent

The man who allegedly murdered Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh must have a court-ordered mental evaluation.

By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin

Newman, CA – A California judge ordered a mental health evaluation of the alleged cop killer who took the life of Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh on Dec. 26, 2018.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga, whose real name is actually Paulo Virgen Mendoza, appeared before Judge Ricardo Córdova and did not enter a plea on Wednesday, the Modesto Bee reported.

Instead, his court-appointed attorney, Stephen Foley, told the judge that he had doubts about the 32-year-old Mendoza’s mental competency based on his conversation with his client.

The judge ordered an evaluation to determine whether Mendoza can understand the court proceedings and assist in his own defense. The case cannot continue until the defendant is declared mentally competent.

Córdova gave Mendoza’s attorney five weeks to submit a doctor’s report to the court, during which time he will remain held without bail in the Stanislaus County jail, the Modesto Bee reported.

The fatal altercation began at 12:57 a.m. on the day after Christmas, when Cpl. Singh checked out on a traffic stop at Eucalyptus Avenue and Merced Street.

Just moments later, he radioed there had been “shots fired” at the scene, and officers from multiple agencies immediately responded to his location.

They found Cpl. Singh, 33, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The then unidentified suspect fled the scene prior to the other officers’ arrival, leading to a massive multi-agency manhunt.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies apprehended Mendoza at a home in Bakersfield, approximately 200 miles into his journey back to his home country of Mexico, NBC News reported.

Investigators had been watching the residence for at least 24 hours prior, after they tracked a vehicle to that location.

In a separate press conference, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood announced that police also arrested another four individuals, including a woman said to be Mendoza’s girlfriend and two of his brothers.

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

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

"When you use a firearm against a police officer, you can run, but you can’t hide," Sheriff Youngblood said.

"No stone will be unturned for anyone we have information on that helped this suspect try and elude capture,” he added. “We will go after them.”

Sheriff Christianson had previously announced that Cpl. Singh’s killer is an illegal alien.

“That was his goal – to get across the border,” the sheriff reiterated.

Mendoza has self-promoted his status as a member of the Sureno street gang, and has two prior drunk driving convictions in Madera County, Sheriff Christianson said.

“This criminal, Mr. Arriaga, crossed our border illegally into Arizona some time ago,” he explained. “He is a criminal…past behavior is typically an indicator of future behavior.”

Police have also arrested the accused cop-killer’s brother, 25-year-old Adrian Virgen, and Mendoza’s coworker, 27-year-old Erik Razo Quiroz, for their role in helping Mendoza in his attempt to escape from the United States.

“They intentionally lied to us,” Sheriff Christianson said during the conference. “They tried to divert us… they misled us, they provided information that was false, all in an attempt to protect [Mendoza].”

Quiroz and Virgen are both illegal aliens as well, he confirmed.

On Jan. 2, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday morning filed a criminal complaint against the alleged cop killer.

Mendoza is facing a charge of murder with a special circumstances enhancement that makes the case eligible for the death penalty, should they choose to seek it, the Modesto Bee reported.

Deputy District Attorney Jeff Mangar told the judge the district attorney’s office has not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty.

Demonstrators lined the sidewalk in front of the courthouse in support of law enforcement on Wednesday morning as the fallen officer’s family arrived for Mendoza’s arraignment.

Cpl. Singh, a native of Fiji, had served the Newman Police Department for over seven years.

He was also a K9 handler, and was partnered up with Newman Police Department’s K9 Sam at the time of his murder, according to The Sacramento Bee.

He previously served with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department and the Turlock Police Department, The Modesto Bee reported.

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MrsS
MrsS

This man and his accomplices are scum. Why do we tolerate their presence?

MrsS
MrsS

Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, and Diane Feinstein haven’t said a damn thing to support the Singh family.

CG 1
CG 1

They need to take that murdering SOB and his accomplices out and put bullets in all their heads. He was competent enough to drive a vehicle, load a gun and kill a POLICE OFFICER. He is competent enough to know it was wrong and try to run away so he would not be punished. There is no excuse for dragging this out any longer . We know he did it. Get rid of this POS asap before he does it to someone else.

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

Hang him high

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

Has Trump?

Lordloveaduck
Lordloveaduck

Pelosi first

Lordloveaduck
Lordloveaduck

So he is too retarded to stand trial, but NOT too retarded to ILLEGALLY enter a foreign country and survive. Nor too retarded to acquire and fire a weapon which he OBVIOUSLY did not legally obtain as mentally challenged folks cannot pass the background check required.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

If you are a Dallas cop, you should arrest NOBODY!!!!! This is what the people voted for. So give the people what they want! Instead of arresting people, find new ways to spend your time: Take up soduko .Hand out candy to kids.
Give old ladies rides to bingo. Go to church. Take online courses from your laptop.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Incompetent my ass! The man knew what he had done was so bad that he attempted to flee back to Mexico.

Secesh1861
Secesh1861

and so is his attorney

Heatherlynn
Heatherlynn

He's not too mentally incompetent to figure out that he had to beat feet back to Mexico, so he has enough marbles to stand trial.

JBo
JBo

"Defense Claims He's Incompetent"

There's a difference between stupid and incompetent.

thugjager
thugjager

tree,rope....pinata party

RCK
RCK

Hang the scum-sucking SOB NOW!!!!! And any other buttwipe that would kill a LEO or even attempt/conspire to do so

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Same ole defense. He is not mentally competent..lol..oh yes he is. And he was on his way out of usa..to murder n live his criminal life unchecked..he should pay by life in prison..daily wondering if his life will b taken by a thug in prison. And all who helped him should b in prison..not deported cuz they will find a way to come back. Thugs never change..POS CRIMINAL ILLEGALS..

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

He better be wearing vest wherever he goes. Hopefully they don’t allow this bullshit excuse to fly. Either way, competent or incompetent, this MF’er is a danger to society. And obviously he’s smart enough to evade deportation and capture. Save everyone the money and spend $0.36 and off this clown.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Illegals, gang members, thugs, etc that commit felonies such as rape, armed robbery, murder, etc...should have their heads placed on spikes in the town square and have it broadcasted 24 hours a day, worldwide!!! It's time to stop coddling criminals!!

Lt Tom
Lt Tom

He ran after he committed murder. He knew what he did was wrong

Woobie46
Woobie46

Lawyers are probably the most corrupt people in this country. Anyone who could make this type of defense for a cop killer who did it to escape deportation and then hid out obviously knew CLEARLY what he was doing.

61mouse
61mouse

Another resaon these guys should get a 3rd eye and a sand box to lay in

No. 26-33
ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Incompetent? What the eff ever. Shoot this pos and save the tax payers a bundle.

bob95648
bob95648

So if he's that retarded, just don't tell him he's being executed. Tell him he's getting a root canal.

Freebie
Freebie

I have a lot invested in LE, fry this POS!!

Milman
Milman

Not sure who I despise more . This perp or his "attorneys"!! This animal knew exactly what he was doing California.... Figures.

MsSavage
MsSavage

One of our local officer's (Adam Jobbers-Miller) was murdered while on duty by an illegal immigrant whose attorney is saying the same. They should not have ANY rights, let alone our tax dollars paying for all their b.s.