A second man has been arrested for the killing of a father and his two sons in San Francisco’s Excelsior District in 2008.
Wilfredo “Flaco” Reyes, 31, was arrested this morning in North Carolina in connection with the fatal shooting of Anthony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, on June 22, 2008, according to sheriff’s officials in Rowan County, N.C.
Edwin Ramos, 25, was convicted in May of three counts of first-degree murder for the killings and was sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison.
Prosecutors said Ramos and Reyes were both members of the MS-13 criminal gang, and that the Bolognas were killed after they were mistaken for rival gang members.
Ramos testified on his own behalf at his trial, denying that he shot the Bolognas. He said he was driving his car and that Reyes fired at the family from the passenger seat.
Reyes, who was wanted on a $5 million warrant for the Bologna murders, remained at large until Rowan County sheriff’s deputies received notice on Sunday from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that he was possibly at a home in the city of Salisbury.
This morning, sheriff’s officials, along with ICE agents and San Francisco police homicide detectives, descended on the home. Reyes tried to flee through a window but was taken into custody, according to the sheriff’s office.
A 25-year-old man, Jose Antonio Mejia, was also arrested at the home on suspicion of harboring a fugitive and possession of cocaine. Mejia is undocumented and is also an alleged MS-13 gang member, sheriff’s officials said.
Reyes is awaiting extradition back to San Francisco.
Marti McKee, a spokeswoman for the Bologna family, said they are overjoyed at the news of Reyes’ arrest.
“They are extremely happy and relieved that finally both individuals are behind bars that were responsible for the murders of Tony, Michael and Matthew,” McKee said.
The Bolognas, who remain in witness protection, include Danielle, the mother and wife of the victims, and Andrew Bologna, who was in the car when his father and brothers were killed and testified during Ramos’ trial.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon released a statement this afternoon, saying, “Today I share this major development with members of the Bologna family, who have suffered so much since the tragic murders of Tony, Michael and Matthew.
“We are one step closer to bringing this individual to justice for his heinous crimes. Once the extradition process is complete, we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law,” Gascon said.
He said Reyes will be charged with three counts of murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of attempted murder and gang allegations.
The triple-murder case brought national attention to San Francisco in 2008 because of the city’s sanctuary policy, which shielded undocumented juveniles suspected of crimes from being reported to federal immigration officials.
Ramos, who moved to the U.S. as a teen and remained in the country on an expired visa from El Salvador, was never reported to federal authorities despite multiple contacts with police as a juvenile.
The city has since changed its policy, and was sued by the Bologna family. A judge later threw out the lawsuit.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News