Man Wanted For LA Cold Case Murder Captured In Riley Co.

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police say a man arrested during a recent drug bust is also a suspect in a 1983 murder in Los Angeles.

Bernado Rodriguez-Gomez, 53, was one of six people arrested in Manhattan during a multi-agency drug operation on July 26, 2012. His trailer in the Redbud Estates on Farm Bureau Road in Manhattan was one of the homes that were searched by authorities during a series of search warrants that were executed in Wamego and Manhattan that morning.

Rodriguez-Gomez was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and has been in the Riley County Jail.

Officials say once he was booked into the jail, an additional investigation revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department had a warrant out for Rodriguez-Gomez for murder. On August 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM, he was officially arrested in connection with the killing.

Lieutenant Josh Kyle, a spokesman for the Riley County Police Department, says both the LAPD and Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office have been in contact with the RCPD and have confirmed their willingness to extradite Rodriguez-Gomez back to California.

"In our discussions with the DA’s Office, they are excited to have this person in custody and to be able to pursue charges and move forward with their case," the lieutenant told 13 News.

Kyle says details are scare on the actual Los Angeles crime which dates back nearly thirty years. But he says prosecutors are glad to see the case move forward after all these years.

Police did not have any indication of how long Rodriguez-Gomez has been living in Kansas. Officials could not provide a time line for his extradition.

WIBW has submitted a request to the Los Angeles Police Department for information on the 1983 case.

A photo of the suspect is not available from the Riley County Police Department as it is their policy to not release booking photos of inmates at the Riley County Jail.

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