Suspect in 2008 Escondido slaying caught in Tijuana

Alexander Rodolfo Salazar, wanted in connection with the 2008 stabbing of a 17-year-old boy in Escondido, following his arrest on Wednesday in Tijuana.

Written by Sandra Dibble
7:38 p.m., Nov. 14, 201

TIJUANA ó A suspect wanted in the 2008 stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy in Escondido was caught in Tijuana on Wednesday and returned to the United States to face charges.

Police arrested Alexander Rodolfo Salazar, 22, for disorderly conduct outside an Oxxo convenience store on Fundadores Boulevard after customers complained, a police statement said. After an initial background check showed Salazar was not a legal resident of Mexico, police investigated further and found that he had an outstanding arrest warrant in Escondido.

According to Escondido police, Salazar was a member of the Diablos gang. He was linked to the April 10, 2008 slaying of a Valley High School student, Gerardo Daniel Medina, who died of stab wounds sustained during a fight.

Two suspects were arrested shortly after the incident. Salazar fled and had a $1,500,000 warrant issued for his arrest.