Redwood City Murder Suspect Killed in Mexico

Eight years after a Redwood City man accused of murder fled the U.S. to escape authorities, local police discovered he was murdered in Mexico.

Editor's Note: Corrections were made to this story at 11:08 a.m.


The hunt for a Redwood City murder suspect that had been ongoing for more than eight years came to a close this week when the Redwood City Police Department (RCPD) discovered their suspect had been killed in Mexico.

Heriberto Sanchez was accused of shooting two men, Elisondo Mendoza and a juvenile, in a gang-related incident that broke out during a birthday party in a rental at the Community Activities Building in the parking lot of the Red Morton Community Center on April 17, 2004. Mendoza died from his wounds; the juvenile survived.

Sanchez reportedly fled to Mexico after the shooting.

On Friday, the RCPD learned that Sanchez had been murdered in Jalisco, Mexico, and that his body was being transported back to California for burial.

Sanchez’ identity was confirmed by a fingerprint comparison.

"The investigation is now closed," read a statement send out by the department Monday.

In September of 2010, Sanchez' common-law wife, Ana Cervantes, was arrested for her involvement in the homicide as she tried to cross the border back into California. Cervantes reportedly provided Sanchez the gun that was used in the shooting.

Cervantes was sentenced to five years in prison for accessory to murder.


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Renee Rodriguez November 06, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Renee Rodriguez November 06, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I did know him, and miss him. He was a nice kid. Prayers for peace to his family.
Jennifer van der Kleut November 06, 2012 at 09:37 PM
We apologize for any confusion. I clarified with the police department that Sanchez was accused of shooting both Elisondo Mendoza and another unnamed juvenile. The juvenile survived, but Elisondo did not. Our heart goes out to Elisondo's family and friends for their loss. The story has been corrected to reflect all accurate facts.
JF November 06, 2012 at 11:33 PM
This also did not happen at Red Morton Community Center but at a rental at the Community Activities Building, in the Parking Lot.
JF November 07, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Can you update the location of the shooting?


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