After an 11-month manhunt, a documented gang member sought in the slaying of a Redondo Beach father was arrested Thursday in Utah.
On Tuesday, the FBI announced a reward of up to $10,000 for the capture and prosecution of Erick Julian Ortega in connection with the fatal shooting of Bobby Reynolds on June 21, 2013.
The day after the reward was announced, police received an anonymous tip that a man matching Ortega’s description was working as a dish washer at an Italian restaurant in the Salt Lake City area, according to a news release from the Redondo Beach Police Department.
Investigators forwarded that information to the FBI’s Salt Lake City, Utah office.
Agents made contact with the individual resembling Ortega at the restaurant.
The man refused to identify himself and was in possession of false identification, the release stated.
Agents were eventually able to identify Ortega and arrested him on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, the release stated.
He was booked into the Davis County, Utah jail where he was awaiting federal extradition to California.
Reynolds was shot from behind as he stood on the sidewalk in from of his home waiting for his wife and daughter to arrive with dinner, his wife Monica Reynolds said after Tuesday’s news conference.
He also had a son who was inside the home and heard the gunshot that killed his dad, police said.