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Man wanted in 2008 fatal Riverside shooting arrested in Mexico

Riverside police with help from San Diego and Mexican law enforcement arrested Aexel Deleon, 29, on suspicion of fatally shooting a man in Riverside in October 2008. (Courtesy Riverside Police Department)
After nearly a decade, the man police said was responsible for killing 23-year-old Alexandro Bega outside a Riverside gas station was arrested after being found in Tijuana, Mexico last week, Riverside police announced.
Aexel Eduardo DeLeon, 29, formerly of Riverside, was arrested on the murder warrant at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, officials said in a news release. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center and is expected to be arraigned March 22, according to court records.
Just after 11 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2008, officers were called to the 3900 block of Tyler Avenue for reports of a shooting at the USA Gas Station, authorities said. There they found Bega lying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics took the man to Riverside Community Hospital where he later died. The shooter, later identified by Riverside police homicide detectives as Deleon, had left the scene.
Following several leads, investigators learned Deleon was in Mexico and court records show an arrest warrant was issued in September of last year.
On March 7, 2018, Riverside SWAT members as part of the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force with help from the San Diego task force, the Mexican Policia Estatal Preventiva and the Baja State Police Liaison Unit found and arrested Deleon in Tijuana, Mexico.
The case is still under investigation and authorities ask anyone with information about this investigation, to call Detective Adrian Tillett at 951-353-7105.

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