Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Leyva, U.S. Fugitive Wanted In California Arrested In Mexicali By Mexican Authorities

Heriberto Anthony Leyva Jr.

Photo: Baja California State Preventive Police

24-year-old suspect had eluded U. S. authorities since 2008.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 12, 2012

Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico - On Wednesday, Mexican federal authorities confirmed that Heriberto Anthony Leyva Jr., 24, of Riverside, Calfornia had been arrested in Mexicali by state preventive police for attempted murder in the U.S. Leyva, a U.S. Citizen had been wanted by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in California since November 5, 2008 for attempted homicide.
On Thursday when contacted, John Hall, the Riverside County D.A.'s contact person confirmed that the victim survived and Leyva is just wanted for attempted homicide.
The Riverside County District Attorney's Office wanted poster says, that Leyva was wanted for the stabbing of a San Jacinto man outside the Soboba Casino. Leyva apparently talked to the victim before stabbing him several times. 
A video surveillance camera caught Leyva and another man talking with the victim. The man who accompanied Leyva told police, that Leyva became angry that his former girlfriend was with the victim at the casino and then stabbed the victim. 
Leyva went to a nearby vehicle, grabbed a knife and proceeded to stab the victim multiple times in the abdomen, according to the complaint.
Leyva fled the U.S. and ended up in Mexicali, according to Mexican authorities.

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