The man alleged to be an MS-13 gang leader who’s wanted in connection with the senseless murder of a father and two of his sons in San Francisco was arrested Monday in North Carolina, authorities said.
Wilfredo “Flaco” Reyes, 31, allegedly tried to flee out a window when law enforcement officials closed in on a home in Salisbury, N.C. Detectives reportedly stopped him before he escaped.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs agent on Sunday tipped off Rowan County sheriff’s deputies to Reyes’ whereabouts, saying he was driving a Toyota Camry with South Carolina plates. The next morning, San Francisco homicide investigators and local law enforcement officials raided the home.
The home’s resident, 25-year-old Jose Antonio Mejia, was arrested on charges of harboring a fugitive and cocaine possession. Mejia, an undocumented immigrant believed to claim MS-13 ties, was taken into custody by federal immigration officers.
A .32-caliber handgun was reportedly seized from the home.
The arrests come less than a month after Edwin Ramos, 25, was sentenced to three life terms without the possibility of parole for his role in the June 2008 killing of Anthony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16. All three were shot dead in the Excelsior district while returning home from a family picnic, being mistaken for gang members.
Ramos, also believed to be an MS-13 member, repeatedly said during his four-month trial that Reyes pulled the trigger, not him. Ramos said he was driving when Reyes, his only passenger, opened fire out the driver’s side window without warning.
The Ramos jury hung on whether Ramos was the shooter. But they found that his role in the triple killing amounted to first-degree murder.
District Attorney George Gascón said Monday he could not wait to prosecute Reyes.
“We are one step closer to bringing this individual to justice for his heinous crimes,” Gascón said.
The surviving members of the Bologna family were overjoyed by news of the arrest, said Marti McKee, a spokeswoman for the family.
“They are extremely happy and relieved that finally both individuals are behind bars,” McKee said.
Bologna family members remain in witness protection, including widower Danielle and son Andrew Bologna, who was in the car when his father and two brothers were killed and was the only known witness to the incident.
Bay City News contributed to this report.