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Monday, July 9, 2012

Wilfredo Reyes Arrested in North Carolina in Connection With Bologna Family Murders

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Edwin Ramos (above) has claimed that Wilfredo "Flaco" Reyes was the real shooter.
  • Edwin Ramos (above) has claimed that Wilfredo "Flaco" Reyes was the real shooter.

Authorities in North Carolina today arrested Wilfredo Reyes, the alleged MS-13 gang member who was in the car with Edwin Ramos the night Tony Bologna and two of his sons were murdered in June 2008.

From the start, Ramos, who was convicted of first degree murder in May, claimed that Reyes pulled the trigger from the front passenger seat. He testified that he didn't know Reyes would shoot the Bolognas. Reyes apparently fled town soon after the shooting, leaving Ramos as the sole defendant in the murder case.

San Francisco police put a $5 million arrest warrant on Reyes.

The 31-year-old faces extradition to California, where he will be charged with three counts of murders, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Rowan County Sheriff's deputies arrested Reyes at his home in Salisbury, N.C., around 8:50 a.m., following a tip from an Immigrations and Custom's Enforcement agent, the Sheriff's Office said, according to KCBS. They caught him as he attempted to escape out a window, the DA's office stated.

"We are one step closer to bringing this individual to justice for his heinous crimes," District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement released this afternoon. "Once the extradition process is complete, we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent."

The Bologna murders have been in the headlines for their brutality and seemingly random nature. Prosecutors charged that Ramos, 25, mistook them for rival gang members as his car and the family's car crossed paths in the Excelsior District. Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, were killed.

While a murder weapon was never found and no physical evidence linked Ramos to the shooting, the sole survivor in the car, Bologna's 21-year-old son Andrew, testified that he saw Ramos pull the trigger from the driver's seat.

Last month, a judge sentenced Ramos to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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