A winery worker sought for the slayings of seven people, including two of his infant daughters, was captured Wednesday in the hometown of his mother in western Mexico, Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies reported.
"All I can say is a subject has been apprehended in his hometown by Mexican authorities, but it has not been confirmed by fingerprints," Sheriff's Lt. Ron Dreyer said.Reports from Mexico indicated that Ramon Salcido, 28, was taken into custody by Mexican authorities without incident in Los Mochis, 700 miles south of the California border, in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.
U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello said that, despite the fact Salcido is a Mexican citizen, he did not anticipate any major problems in obtaining his return to Sonoma County to answer charges stemming from Friday's massacre in the bucolic wine country north of San Francisco.
"If Mexico insists on crossing their t's and dotting their i's, we can look to the (Charles) Ng case," the prosecutor said.
Ng is wanted in California to answer mass murder charges. However, he is being held in Canada on unrelated charges while the Canadian and California governments try to work out his extradition.
"I would not be surprised if they (Mexican authorities) didn't just turn him over to police and put him over the international border," Russoniello said of Salcido.