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* Quetzalcoatl Alba 15-Year-Old Murdered In Daly City In 2001 Erick Morales Was Just Arrested In New York

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A man sought by authorities for eight years in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Daly City high school student in 2001 was arrested in New York this week, Daly City police announced today.Erick Morales, one of two men accused in the murder of 15-year-old Quetzalcoatl Alba on May 21, 2001, was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence early Monday after being pulled over in Long Island, N.Y., Daly City police Lt. Jay Morena said.He allegedly gave authorities a false name and it wasn’t until his fingerprints were checked that police realized he was wanted for Alba’s murder.Alba’s body was found in a storage room in the carport area of the Westlake Apartments. It was determined he died from multiple stab wounds.Daly City detectives learned Morales, then 16, and his roommate Reynaldo Maldanado, then 22, were the last people seen with Alba, but both denied any involvement in the murder, Morena said.Both Morales, who was a classmate of Alba’s, and Maldanado fled the area after their last interview with police. Authorities speculated they fled to their native Guatemala.More than six years later, on Oct. 11, 2007, Daly City detectives secured a search warrant for the old home of Morales and Maldanado.In the backyard they found the alleged murder weapon and other physical evidence, according to Morena. Detectives then tracked Maldanado, now 30, to Miami, where he had been hiding under an assumed identity, and arrested him Oct. 15, 2007, Morena said.He was extradited back to California and has been in custody¬† without bail since. His trial began earlier this year. Morales, now 25, is in custody in Suffolk County Jail in New York and has reportedly made “numerous admissions” to his alleged role in the murder, Morena said.He is expected to be extradited back to California later this week.
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