Three people accused of helping cop killer hide in Kern County now in federal custody


The three people arrested near Lamont when the statewide manhunt ended for an accused cop killer are now in federal custody,

Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 59, Erasmo Villegas, 36, Maria Luisa Moreno, 57, are now facing federal charges, according to a news release from Kern County District Attorney’s office.

The three defendants face a harsher punishment under federal law than California’s newly-revised criminal statutes allow, according to the district attorney’s office.

They were arrested Dec. 28 on suspicion of aiding and abetting suspect Paulo Mendoza– also went by Gustavo Perez Arriaga– who was apprehended near Lamont.

He is accused of killing Corporal Ronil Singh in Newman, Calif. during a traffic stop on Dec. 26.

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