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Carlos Alberto Cervantes,Wanted For Double Murder In Oakland, Is Arrested In Mexico

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A man who’s been wanted in connection with a double murder in Oakland 13 years ago that stemmed from a dispute over a car stereo installation has been arrested in Mexico, authorities said.

Carlos Alberto Cervantes, 38, was arrested earlier this week in Guadalajara by the U.S. Marshals Service along with Mexican authorities, the Marshals Service said.

Cervantes, who is accused of shooting the two victims in the back of the head, has been deported to the U.S. and is now in custody without bail at the Los Angeles County Jail.

It’s not yet known when authorities will transfer Cervantes to Alameda County to be arraigned on the two counts of murder against him, Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said today.

Cervantes, who also faces a special circumstance allegation that he committed multiple murders, is accused of fatally shooting Patrick Reyes, 23, and Alex Angelo, 24, in Oakland on Aug. 7, 2001.

According to a bulletin from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Reyes took his car to Cervantes on Aug. 4, 2001, to install a car radio.

Three days later, on Aug. 7, 2001, Reyes returned to pick up his car but found out that Cervantes had been joy riding in it, authorities said.

Reyes then asked Angelo, who was his best friend, to come with him to confront Cervantes and demand his money back. Cervantes agreed to refund the money but said that it was at his father’s house, according to the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

All three men traveled in Reyes’ car to Cervante’s father’s house, where Cervantes stole his father’s Glock handgun, authorities said.

When Cervantes got back into Reyes’ car, he said they had to go to another place to get the rest of money and positioned himself in the back seat, according to the bulletin.

While the three men were driving to the second location, Cervantes shot both Reyes and Angelo in the back of the head, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Witnesses said the car came to a stop by hitting a tree in the 2300 block of Courtland Avenue in East Oakland, according to the bulletin.

Witnesses said Cervantes stepped over Reyes’s body and fled on foot.

Oakland police said in a probable cause statement that Cervantes’ brother admitted to them in September 2000 that Cervantes had told him that he had killed two people.

Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent said in a statement that the arrest of Cervantes “is an excellent example of law enforcement cooperation.”

Whent said, “We are tenacious. Our perseverance in this case should send this message to criminals: we never give up.”

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