Fugitive Arrested In '89 SoCal Attempted Murder

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A fugitive facing a life sentence for
attempted murder was arrested Wednesday in Riverside County nearly
two decades after escaping from juvenile hall.

Baldomero Johnny Diaz, 35, was arrested in Menifee and was being
held without bail, the Orange County district attorney's office
said in a statement. He will be transferred Thursday to state
custody to begin serving his prison sentence, the statement said.

Diaz was convicted in 1990 of six counts of attempted murder for
a drive-by gang shooting in Santa Ana in 1989.

He escaped from juvenile hall by climbing through a hole in a
fence, and six weeks later was sentenced in absentia to life in
prison.

Prosecutors say they began reinvestigating Diaz's whereabouts
last month and learned he was arrested twice in San Diego County
under different aliases in the last decade for solicitation of
prostitution and driving under the influence.

He does not face charges for escaping from custody, said
district attorney's spokeswoman Farrah Emami.

It was not immediately clear if Diaz had an attorney. William
Monroe, who represented Diaz at the time, is now a Superior Court
judge.


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