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TS - Suspect in 1998 shooting returned to Humboldt County

☛ TS Suspect in 1998 shooting returned to Humboldt County

Chris Durant The Times-Standard
Posted: 11/09/2007 01:22:17 AM PST

A man arrested in Stanislaus County on suspicion of killing a Eureka teenager in 1998 was returned to Humboldt County, where he'll face murder charges, officials said Thursday.

The Eureka Police Department said Yohan Perez Lopez is the second of three suspects arrested in the killing of Ryan Matthew Dunn outside a video store in January 1998.

Lopez's brother, Santiago Lopez, was arrested within weeks of the killing at a relative's home in Redwood City.
He was tried and convicted of being an accessory to murder and sentenced to two years in prison.

A third suspect, Efren Erix Delgalliso, is believed to have been killed in a car fire in Mexico, based on information from the FBI.
It's believed the three men tried to pick a fight with Dunn while he was in the store with his mother and girlfriend and Dunn refused. The men left the store, but stayed in the vicinity.

When Dunn left the store, the men allegedly shot him numerous times.

Lopez was pulled over on Oct. 28 by the California Highway Patrol and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

He allegedly gave a false name of Alejandro Contreras and made bail, but when his fingerprints returned his real identity was revealed.

A few days later, when he tried to pick up his impounded vehicle, police were waiting for him and he was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Chris Durant can be reached at 441-0505 or at cdurant@times-standard.com

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