Three freight-train hoppers were arrested Friday, one in New Mexico and two in Nebraska, in connection with the killing a year ago in Roseville of a Los Angeles County man who was taking a break from college to ride the rails.
Roseville police said clues led them to issue arrest warrants for three experienced freight-train riders: Laura Lee Kenner, 30, arrested in Farmington, N.M., and Jules Clifford Carrillo, 21, and Edward Taylor Anauo, 23, arrested in Nebraska City, Neb. The three are being held on suspicion of homicide and are expected to be extradited back to Placer County.
The body of John Paul Alpert, 19, of Palmdale was found by a fisherman on the banks of Dry Creek, near Roseville’s railyards, on May 15, 2013. Authorities determined he had suffered blunt force trauma, and likely died shortly after he rolled into the switchyard on a freight train March 16 or 17.
Investigators said he was killed near an encampment used by transient train hoppers.
Alpert told his mother he was going on an adventure on California’s rail lines. He had communicated with his family every day until March 17.
“Our detectives did extensive research into the lifestyle and culture of train riders,” said Dee Dee Gunther, Roseville police spokeswoman. “In fact, they traveled to New Mexico last week for one witness interview. They wanted to help find justice for John’s family.”
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