A federal grand jury has indicted seven friends and family members of Gustavo Perez Arriaga (aka Paulo Virgen Mendoza), the criminal alien charged with the murder of a California police officer in cold blood last month, for “conspiring to harbor an alien” and prevent him from being nabbed by the authorities.
“When individuals act to thwart law enforcement’s efforts, they undermine the safety of those officers and the public as a whole,” U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said in a statement following the indictment of Arriaga’s two brothers, his girlfriend and four friends last Friday, according to Fox News.
“Today’s indictment is a significant step toward holding accountable those who chose to harbor and conceal the man accused of killing a police officer in Newman — Corporal Ronil Singh.”
During a traffic stop the day after Christmas last month, Arriaga allegedly murdered Newman Police Department Cpl. Ronil Singh, leaving his wife and baby son without a husband and father:
This is Newman, CA Police Officer Ronil Singh, his pretty young wife, and beautiful baby on Christmas Day, just five hours before he was shot and killed by an illegal alien.
He was beloved in his department and his community. pic.twitter.com/yHnwcijfFP
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 27, 2018
During the hours immediately after the shooting, local authorities launched a manhunt that lasted two full days, in part because of the assistance Arriaga’s friends and family provided him. They gave him clothes, money and a new phone. They also hid his pickup truck.
We want to see this face all over Twitter until he is caught — he is the suspect in the senseless killing of Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh. You will be caught… pic.twitter.com/CfuNNC076z
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) December 27, 2018
Despite the efforts of Arriaga’s friends and family, who’d reportedly been hoping to smuggle him back to Mexico, local authorities finally triumphed on Dec. 28.
At least four of the seven alleged accomplices are in the U.S. illegally and were not let out on bail when they pleaded in court on Friday, in part, because the judge felt they were unemployable, according to The Fresno Bee.
“Suspect Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, was found at a home at the 8200 block of Brooks Lane near Lamont, which is south of Bakersfield,” Fresho station KGPE reported at the time.
“It happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday and Juanita Reyes was making her husband’s lunch when she heard her neighbors being summoned over a speaker. We saw a SWAT team when they went through the fence, knocked all the fences down. [They were] going through the house.”
Later that afternoon the county sheriff of the California community where Singh had held a press conference announcing Arriaga’s arrest and blasting California’s “sanctuary city” policies.
“This is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said, referencing the suspect’s previous DUI arrests.
“We were prohibited, law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with Singh. I’m suggesting that the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited or had their hands tied because of political interference.”
If Arriaga’s alleged accomplices are convicted of conspiring to help Arriaga evade authorities, they’ll reportedly face five years in prison and fines up to $250,000. One of the accused, Erik Razo Quiroz, also faces an additional 10 years in prison for getting rid of the gun used to murder Newman.
It’s unclear whether the Democrat politicians behind California’s “sanctuary city” laws — which have been abused time and time again by murderous criminal aliens — will face similar charges and potential prison sentences. According to social media users, they certainly should.
7 people indicted for attempting to help illegal immigrant California cop killer flee to Mexico, officials say https://t.co/tBBbvMNQlS #FoxNews This is blood on the democrats hands, any that approve of Sanctuary laws – & the 1 in Reno Nv here lately 4 killed by illegal
— Pfennigjr (@pfennigjr) January 28, 2019
Here is the kind of filth that democrats like @SpeakerPelosi @SenSchumer @SenatorDurbin welcome into our country with open arms-cop killers like Gustavo Perez Arriaga & his friends & family https://t.co/3Ab6ob6GjC
— Mary Shaw (@marychicagoland) January 28, 2019
End Sanctuary cities. #Sue these cities. 7 people indicted for attempting to help illegal immigrant California cop killer flee to Mexico, officials say https://t.co/WlvcMFD3J1 @realDonaldTrump @RealJamesWoods @chicksonright @TheDemocrats @CNN @MSNBC @ABC @CBS @NPR @davidwebbshow
— United We Stand (@USN52) January 28, 2019
Illegal aliens aiding fugitive COP KILLERS… This is the modern DEMOCRAT PARTY. https://t.co/CvQD6kHyhY
— God Bless Texas (@GHalv) January 28, 2019
Officer Singh death, and the other 2000 that happen yearly at the hand of illegals..rest on all of you Democrats. But what do you care?Keep it shut @realDonaldTrump and order DOJ to indict Sanctuary cities officials for aiding and abetting illegal immigrant, according to Fed law
— frankiedigi (@frankiedigi1) December 30, 2018
Idk why the DOJ doesn’t indict California officials responsible for the murder of Ronil Singh for manslaughter, aiding and abetting, and obstruction of justice.
— Jake Fitch (@jake_fitch12) December 29, 2018
Regarding Gustavo Perez Arriaga, he reportedly appeared in court earlier this month but was denied the opportunity to plead anything until he first receives a full mental health evaluation. It’s unclear what’s happened in his case since.
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