ST. GEORGE — St. George Police arrested an alleged gang member living in Washington County who is a suspect in multiple homicide investigations in Los Angeles, California. Police arrested the man Thursday on a warrant issued for murder. He is being held on $1,000,000 bail.
Authorities culminated an ongoing investigation Thursday into Carlos A. Gonzalez-Mendez, a suspected Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.
The St. George Police Department was advised that the Superior Court of Los Angeles Judicial District held a valid felony warrant issued Jan. 12 by Judge Douglas Sortino for the arrest of Gonzalez-Mendez for the criminal offense of murder under California Penal Code.
According to court documents, a 52-page declaration was filed in support of the arrest warrant which included reports and statements from victims, witnesses and others concerning the commission of the criminal offenses for which the complaint is being sought.
The St. George Police Department’s Fraudulent Identity and Security Threat Unit, U.S. Marshals Service, Homeland Security and the Los Angeles Police Department worked together to locate Gonzalez-Mendez, the report stated.
Gonzalez-Mendez was apprehended during a traffic stop where he was observed as a passenger in the vehicle according to the report. He was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
His bail was set by Judge Sortino, of the State of California, in the amount of $1,000,000.
Gonzalez-Mendez will be extradited back to California where he stands charged with murder.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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