Man Captured in Texas Linked to Bodies Found in Burning SUV in Orange: OCDA

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Orange residents are seen trying to extinguish an SUV on fire on Nov. 9, 2015, in an image from a KTLA viewer. The bodies of three male victims were found inside the vehicle.

A 23-year-old man was charged Tuesday with four felony counts of murder in connection with the discovery of three badly burned bodies inside an SUV in Orange last November and the death of a fourth victim found shot to death in a car in Fontana six days later.

Alejandro Guerrero Ruiz, who was in custody in Texas, was also charged with special circumstance sentencing enhancements for multiple murders and murder during the commission of a robbery, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Three males were found dead inside a burning SUV in Orange on Nov. 9, 2015, authorities say. (Credit: KTLA)

Three males were found dead inside a burning SUV in Orange on Nov. 9, 2015, authorities say. (Credit: KTLA)

Three bodies were discovered on Nov. 9 by police and firefighters responding to a report of a car on fire in the 500 block of East Oakmont Avenue in Orange.

The victims were identified as Antonio Medina, 19, of Glendale, Arizona, Fernando Meza, 20, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Edgar Berrelleza-Soto of Orange, according to the Orange County coroner.

Inside the SUV, investigators found a loaded handgun, shell casings and a gasoline canister.

A fourth victim, identified as Joel Berrelleza, was found shot to death in the back seat of a car in Fontana nearly a week later.

Ruiz was currently awaiting extradition to Orange County, the DA’s office stated.

If convicted, he faced a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole, the release said.