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Judge sets no bail for Lompoc man who fled to Mexico after death of soldier

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Walter Morales, 26, is taken into custody Friday evening after a seven-hour standoff in Santa Maria.

Donahue also referred to the autopsy report, which documents that Brumfield had been shot four times, claiming that evidence indicates Morales was the triggerman.

"They just shot him in the head for no reason and left him on the sidewalk," Donahue said. "We have an individual [capable] of great violence and has every intention of fleeing again."

Dillon Forsyth, who was appointed as Morales' attorney, said his client should have bail set according to the schedule for non-capital crimes, arguing that he was in no position to respond to Donahue's request due to a lack of information, including a police report.

+3 Lompoc judge upholds charges in killing of 15-year-old Erik Vargas
Lompoc judge upholds charges in killing of 15-year-old Erik Vargas

After ordering no bail, the judge continued the arraignment. Morales is set to appear remotely from the Santa Barbara County Jail on July 28 for a hearing that will be held in Superior Court in Lompoc.

Santa Maria Police and Santa Barbara County sheriff's officers, including SWAT team members, arrested Morales, who surrendered shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday following a nearly seven-hour standoff at a residence in the 1500 block of South Thornburg Street.

Morales was arrested nearly a year after the killing of Brumfield, who was shot near the intersection of North A Street and East Ocean Avenue in Lompoc, according to Donahue.

A second suspect, 25-year-old Francisco Gutierrez-Ortega, turned himself over to Santa Maria Police at the urging of his family more than a week after the shooting, Lompoc Police said.

Gutierrez-Ortega was charged with first-degree murder for the benefit of a street gang in September 2019 and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Santa Maria court on July 31. He pleaded not guilty.

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Wanted for Assault with a deadly weapon Name: Paul Garcia Also Known As: Date of Birth: 5-24-77 Height: 5-8 Weight: 180 Build:Complexion: Hispanic Male Adult. Brown Hair. Brown Eyes Warrant No: WR039537 Date Issued: 7-2-20 Bail Amount: $70,000.00 Charges: OFF=PC978.5 OFF=245(A)(1) PC F
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Wanted for Robbery and felony resisting arrest Name: Alejandro Mora Also Known As: Alejandro Navarrete-Mora Date of Birth: 8-26-96 Height: 5-7 Weight: 150 Complexion: Hispanic male adult, black hair, brown eyes Warrant No: WR039419 Date Issued: 6-23-20 Bail Amount: $50,000.00 Charges: OFF=211 PC F 2ND D OFF=69 PC F
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Wanted for Probation violation / felony resisting arrest Name: Luis Alvarado Also Known As: Date of Birth: 2-27-74 Height: 5-10 Weight: 170 Warrant No: WARR#=WR039275 Date Issued: 5-6-20 Bail Amount: None Charges: OFF=PC1203.2 OFF=69 PC F Toedte, Theodore (Ted)
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Wanted for Felony evading an officer, causing injury Name: Jesseca Butkovic Also Known As: Jesseca Berthiaume Date of Birth: 10-15-89 Height: 5-5 Weight: 160 Warrant No: WARR#=WR039177 Date Issued: 10-15-89 Bail Amount: $100,000.00 Charges: OFF=2800.3 VC F OFF=2800.4 VC F OFF=2800.2(A) VC F OFF=12500(A) VC M
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Wanted for Felony child endangerment Name: Mariel Nenejian Also Known As: Mariel Holcomb Date of Birth: 4-19-82 Height: 5-4 Weight: 115 Warrant No: WARR#=WR034723 Date Issued: 4-19-82Bail Amount: $100,000.00 Charges: OFF=273A(A) PC F
Russell Bridge
Wanted for Felony resisting arrest Name: Russell Bridge Also Known As: Date of Birth: 7-21-65 Height: 6-2 Weight: 190 Complexion: White male adult, blonde hair, blue eyes Warrant No: WARR#=WR032170 Date Issued: 8-1-19 Bail Amount: $100,000.00 Charges: OFF=69 PC F
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Wanted for Probation violation / Identity theft, conspiracy, welfare fraud. Name: Andrew Brown Also Known As: Date of Birth: 10-20-75Height: 5-11Weight: 185Build:Complexion:Warrant No: WARR#=WR032234Date Issued: 8-2-19Bail Amount: **NO BAIL**Charges: OFF=PC1203.2 OFF=530.5(A) PC F

Walter Morales, 26, is taken into custody Friday evening after a seven-hour standoff in Santa Maria. Donahue also referred to the autopsy report, which documents that Brumfield had been shot four times, claiming that evidence indicates Morales was the triggerman.

«They just shot him in the head for no reason and left him on the sidewalk,» Donahue said. «We have an individual [capable] of great violence and has every intention of fleeing again.»

Dillon Forsyth, who was appointed as Morales’ attorney, said his client should have bail set according to the schedule for non-capital crimes, arguing that he was in no position to respond to Donahue’s request due to a lack of information, including a police report. +3 Lompoc judge upholds charges in killing of 15-year-old Erik Vargas After ordering no bail, the judge continued the arraignment. Morales is set to appear remotely from the Santa Barbara County Jail on July 28 for a hearing that will be held in Superior Court in Lompoc.

Santa Maria Police and Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officers, including SWAT team members, arrested Morales, who surrendered shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday following a nearly seven-hour standoff at a residence in the 1500 block of South Thornburg Street.

Morales was arrested nearly a year after the killing of Brumfield, who was shot near the intersection of North A Street and East Ocean Avenue in Lompoc, according to Donahue.

A second suspect, 25-year-old Francisco Gutierrez-Ortega, turned himself over to Santa Maria Police at the urging of his family more than a week after the shooting, Lompoc Police said.

Gutierrez-Ortega was charged with first-degree murder for the benefit of a street gang in September 2019 and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Santa Maria court on July 31. He pleaded not guilty. This is a list of the top active warrants put out by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office as of July 16, 2020. Wanted for Assault with a deadly weapon Name: Paul Garcia Also Known As: Date of Birth: 5-24-77 Height: 5-8 Weight: 180 Build:Complexion: Hispanic Male Adult. Brown Hair. Brown Eyes Warrant No: WR039537 Date Issued: 7-2-20 Bail Amount: $70,000.00 Charges: OFF=PC978.5 OFF=245(A)(1) PC F Wanted for Robbery and felony resisting arrest Name: Alejandro Mora Also Known As: Alejandro Navarrete-Mora Date of Birth: 8-26-96 Height: 5-7 Weight: 150 Complexion: Hispanic male adult, black hair, brown eyes Warrant No: WR039419 Date Issued: 6-23-20 Bail Amount: $50,000.00 Charges: OFF=211 PC F 2ND D OFF=69 PC F Wanted for Probation violation / felony resisting arrest Name: Luis Alvarado Also Known As: Date of Birth: 2-27-74 Height: 5-10 Weight: 170 Warrant No: WARR#=WR039275 Date Issued: 5-6-20 Bail Amount: None Charges: OFF=PC1203.2 OFF=69 PC F Toedte, Theodore (Ted) Wanted for Felony vehicle theft / Possess controlled substances for sale Wanted for felony battery, false imprisonment, possess controlled substance Wanted for First Degree Burglary Name: Stephanie Herrera Also Known As: Date of Birth: 7-7-91 Height: 5-4 Weight: 127 Warrant No: WR039470 Date Issued: 6-18-20 Bail Amount: $50,000.00 Charges: OFF=459 PC F 1ST D OFF=459 PC F 1ST D Wanted for Felony evading an officer, causing injury Name: Jesseca Butkovic Also Known As: Jesseca Berthiaume Date of Birth: 10-15-89 Height: 5-5 Weight: 160 Warrant No: WARR#=WR039177 Date Issued: 10-15-89 Bail Amount: $100,000.00 Charges: OFF=2800.3 VC F OFF=2800.4 VC F OFF=2800.2(A) VC F OFF=12500(A) VC M Wanted for Felony child endangerment Name: Mariel Nenejian Also Known As: Mariel Holcomb Date of Birth: 4-19-82 Height: 5-4 Weight: 115 Warrant No: WARR#=WR034723 Date Issued: 4-19-82Bail Amount: $100,000.00 Charges: OFF=273A(A) PC F Wanted for Felony resisting arrest Name: Russell Bridge Also Known As: Date of Birth: 7-21-65 Height: 6-2 Weight: 190 Complexion: White male adult, blonde hair, blue eyes Warrant No: WARR#=WR032170 Date Issued: 8-1-19 Bail Amount: $100,000.00 Charges: OFF=69 PC F Wanted for Probation violation / Identity theft, conspiracy, welfare fraud. Name: Andrew Brown Also Known As: Date of Birth: 10-20-75Height: 5-11Weight: 185Build:Complexion:Warrant No: WARR#=WR032234Date Issued: 8-2-19Bail Amount: **NO BAIL**Charges: OFF=PC1203.2 OFF=530.5(A) PC F