Fugitive Sought in Slaying of Redondo Beach Father Located in Utah

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After an 11-month manhunt, a documented gang member sought in the slaying of a Redondo Beach father was arrested Thursday in Utah.


Erick Julian Ortega was taken into custody in Utah on May 15, 2014 in connection with the 2013 slaying of Bobby Reynolds. (Credit: Redondo Beach police Department.)

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.


Bobby Reynolds, left, is shown in a photo displayed by his mother at a news conference on May 13, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

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.


Erick Julian Ortega was wanted on suspicion of killing Bobby Reynolds, 38, in Redondo Beach on June 21, 2013. (Credit: FBI)