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Double murder suspect extradited from Mexico to San Diego

December 21, 2019 GMT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man who fled to Mexico after being accused of shooting four men at a Southern California birthday party more than 30 years ago has been returned to the United States to face murder and attempted murder charges.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said 59-year-old Jose Angel Solorio was booked into jail on Friday.

Homicide detectives and agents with the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service have been searching for Solorio since he fled to Mexico after the June 7, 1987 gun attack inside an apartment in Ramona.

Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Blevins said Solorio got into an argument with several people during a birthday party for a 4-year-old girl, became upset and left the party with his family. He said Solorio returned a short time later and fired his gun, killing two men and injuring two others.

An arrest warrant was issued after Solorio fled the country. Blevins said over the years, investigators received a tip that he was living in Mexico but his exact location wasn’t known.

He was finally located in March and detained by Mexican authorities. He was extradited based on the arrest warrant.