Authorities have arrested two fugitives who fled to Mexico after the murder of a man in a California diner late last summer.
On Dec. 6, Dominick Jeffery Rufo, 29, and 32-year-old Brandy Bettencourt were taken into custody in Baja, Mexico, and were being extradited to the United States to face homicide charges, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office announced.
Around 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 19, 38-year-old Jasper Gray was shot dead at Hot Rod’s Diner in Hilmar, California.
Investigators quickly identified Rufo as a person of interest and wanted to also speak with Bettencourt in connection to the shooting death.
After a three-month investigation, detectives determined the pair were in Baja California, Mexico, and the Merced County Sheriff’s Office worked closely with the US Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce, the US Marshals Mexico Investigative Liaison Team out of the Southern District of California and Mexican authorities to locate and apprehend the murder suspects.
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