A man from Mission Viejo suspected of killing two men and critically shooting two women last month in North Las Vegas was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border Monday.
Jose Alejandro "Smokey" Gonzales, 22, was arrested at the San Ysidro border and detained on warrants that include first-degree murder and attempted murder, North Las Vegas Sgt. Tim Bedwell said. The suspect was trying to cross back into the United States from Mexico, Bedwell said.
“We don’t know why he was trying to come back into the United States," Bedwell said.
Gonzales, who police say has family in Mission Viejo, is being held in San Diego, where North Las Vegas police detectives are attemepting to extradite him. The Clark County District Attorney's Office could seek the death penalty, Bedwell said.
Two men, ages 33 and 24, were gunned down inside a North Las Vegas home around 6 a.m. April 26, Bedwell said. Two women were critically injured and are recovering.
Gonzales is suspected of breaking into the house with Ivonne Cabrera, 31, who was arrested April 27 in connection with the shooting.
Gonzales and Cabrera both face:
- conspiracy to commit murder
- two counts of 1st degree murder with a deadly weapon
- two counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon
- burglary with a deadly weapon
In Nevada, entering a home with the intent to commit a felony is considered burglary, Bedwell said.
Gonzales is a felon with prior convictions for evading a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon, according to a statement from North Las Vegas police.
A tattoo on the back of his neck, "OC," identifies his Orange County roots. Another tattoo on his chest reads, "Forgive me mother for my crazy life."
If approved, extradition could take as long as 30 days, Bedwell said.