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Florin Road homicide suspects extradited from Mexico, arrested

Rodolfo Zavala
Rodolfo Zavala Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Federal authorities this week arrested two brothers in Mexico wanted in connection with the July 25 killing of a 20-year-old gas station attendant on Florin Road.

Rodolfo Zavala, 24, and Ramon Zavala, 16, were picked up by FBI agents in Mexico, and brought to Los Angeles, where they were handed over to detectives from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, said Sgt. Shaun Hampton, department spokesman.

Rodolfo Zavala was booked into the county jail Thursday and his younger brother was booked into the juvenile detention facility.

They were wanted for the shooting death of Simranjit Singh, 20, after a confrontation at the Chevron gas station at 8498 Florin Road.

The brothers were believed to have escaped to their father’s farm in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico, on the night of the shooting, according to a criminal complaint charging the men with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Hampton said he did not know exactly where FBI agents found the brothers.

One suspect, Alexander Lopez, 40, of Sacramento, is also in custody.

Ramon Zavala is suspected of firing the shots that killed Singh. Although he is a juvenile, the Sheriff’s Department released his identity in the name of public safety. The Sacramento Bee typically does not name juvenile suspects but is doing so because authorities considered him armed and dangerous to the public.

The shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. as Singh and a co-worker were cleaning the parking lot and the suspects began hassling one of them. The co-worker went inside to call 911, and the men approached Singh and one of them shot him, authorities have said.

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