Murder suspect attempts escape

A suspect in a six-year-old murder in which a 15-year-old Daly City boy turned up dead is under close watch at San Francisco General Hospital today after attempting to escape by launching himself down a 25-foot embankment while still handcuffed.

Carlos Maldonado, 28, who was extradited from Miami on Saturday, is recovering from non-life threatening injuries he sustained after vaulting over a concrete railing from the upper departure level to the lower arrival

level at San Francisco International Airport, according to the Daly City police.

Maldonado is accused in the stabbing death of 15-year-old Quetzalcoatl Alba, according to Daly City police. Alba was found in the carport area of the Westlake Apartments in Daly City on May 21, 2001.

Police began investigating then Maldonado and 16-year-old Erick Morales, a Westmoor High School classmate of Alba's, who were both seen with Alba shortly before his murder. They vehemently denied any involvement or knowledge of the murder, according to police, although shortly after being questioned by police, both suspects disappeared from their shared Daly City home and never returned to work or school. Investigators suspected that they had returned to their native country of Guatemala.

Authorities spent the next six years following leads, and on Oct. 11 received a tip and secured a search warrant for the Daly City home that Maldonado and Morales shared. With the help of cadaver-searching dogs, authorities excavated the backyard and unearthed the suspected murder weapon and other physical evidence.

Maldonado was subsequently tracked to Miami, where he was living under an assumed identity. With the help of Miami homicide detectives he was apprehended and transported to SFO, where he made one last break for freedom.

According to police, he will be arraigned once he's released from the hospital.

Investigators are still searching for Morales, now 23, who is thought to be living under an assumed identity as well.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Daly City police Detectives Gregg Oglesby or Frank Mangan at (650) 991-8172.

— Bay City News

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