El Centro, CA – U.S. Marshal
Albert Najera, of the Eastern District of California, announced today that the
U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) arrested
23 year old Yobanni Bonilla. This fugitive was wanted by Fresno County for a
Double Homicide, and 3 counts of Attempt Homicide.
During the early morning hours of September 11, 2011, Bonilla and three other
unidentified suspects went to a party in the city of Mendota, California. They
began to dance with some of the party guests and eventually started trouble with
some of the other males at the party. The male party guests decided to leave and
go to another party that was nearby. Not long after, Bonilla and his associates
left the first party and began driving by the location of the second party
several times. They eventually pulled up to the second location and exited the
vehicle. Bonilla and one of the other suspects allegedly began shooting at the
party guests to include the boys they previously had the altercation with. Two
male subjects were killed and three others sustained gunshot wounds. Bonilla and
the other suspects fled the area in their vehicle.
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office took over this case as the lead investigative
agency. Fresno County is a participant on the U.S. Marshals PSWRFTF. Leads were
developed that suggested Bonilla could possibly be staying with family in the
area of El Centro, California. Deputies in El Centro were notified about the
fugitive and a collateral lead with all applicable information was sent.
Deputies in El Centro were quick to respond and began conducting surveillance on
a possible residence. One TFO from Fresno County and three Fresno County
Detectives traveled the 450 miles from Fresno to El Centro arriving at
approximately 4:30am. The team later observed family members of Bonilla leave
the residence and a vehicle stop was conducted. After a lengthy interview, it
was determined that the fugitive was in the residence. Deputies on the perimeter
later observed Bonilla slip out the back of the house. Bonilla was immediately
taken into custody as he was trying to walk away from the residence. He was
booked into custody on a $5 million dollar warrant for the outstanding charges.
The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored
partnership comprised of investigators from federal, state, and local agencies.
The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged
with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. More
fugitives are arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service than all other federal
agencies combined. In 2010 investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals
Service resulted in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives and more
than 81,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.
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