3 Men Found Hiding in Mexico Arrested in Deadly South El Monte Tire Shop Fire

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A memorial was set up for three young victims — two male and one female — who were found dead in a tire shop after an April firebombing in South El Monte. (Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Three men found hiding in Mexico were charged Monday in the deaths of three teens who were killed when flames ignited by a Molotov cocktail swept through a South El Monte tire shop this year.

Suspects German Monrreal, 19; Mario Godina, 19; and Estevan Castillo, 20, were flown from Mexico to Los Angeles on Sunday and are being held without bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives investigating the teens’ deaths got a tip that Monrreal, Godina and Castillo were hiding out in Mexico, sheriff’s officials said. With the help of the U.S. Marshal’s Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and Mexican state police, detectives found the three men Saturday at a ranch and a home in Guadalajara, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida. They were immediately taken into custody.

Castillo, Godina and Monrreal had been identified as suspects early in the investigation. A $30,000 reward was offered for information leading to their arrests and conviction.

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