Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Triple Murder Suspect
The body of David Arthur Padilla Jr. was found on the Union Pacific railroad tracks in Chino.
Robert Louis Caballero, 32, led Pomona police on a short pursuit near Holt Avenue and Reservoir Street into Montclair after refusing to stop at around 1:00 a.m. Saturday, said Pomona police Lt. Joann Guzek.
The pursuit ended when Caballero crashed his Dodge Charger into a light pole. He got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, but surrendered to police soon after.
Officers discovered Caballero was wanted on a warrant in the murder of 25-year-old Armando Vidana of Pomona.
Vidana, a known gang member, was wounded in a drive-by shooting Feb. 23 in the area of the 1000 block of West Holt Avenue near Fillmore Place in Pomona. He survived, but was fatally shot in the early morning hours of Sept. 29 int he 600 block of Illinois Street, near Holt Avenue.
At the time, police said the shooting appeared to be gang-related.
A law enforcement official said that shortly after Caballero was detained, Pomona police called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department with information about a woman's body investigators found Saturday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest along Mount Baldy Road.
The body may have been buried.
The woman was identified as Lorraine Minjarez, 32, of Covina, said coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz. The cause of death is still under investigation.
Authorities are investigating whether Caballero is connected to the death.
Another law enforcement source said Sunday that Caballero is also under investigation in the death of David Arthur Padilla Jr., 29, of El Monte, whose body was found about 1 p.m. Saturday on the Union Pacific railroad tracks near Walnut Avenue in Chino.
Padilla's body was found on the tracks with trauma to his upper body, according to the coroner's office.
Caballero was jailed on a no-bail warrant and is scheduled to appear in Pomona Superior Court Tuesday.