A man suspected of two murders in the Southwest — one in the California desert in 2016 and another in Arizona earlier this month — remains behind bars following his arrest by a joint gang and street crimes unit on Friday.
Marcos Cruz Gaeta, 38, was arrested on a fugitive warrant for a suspected 2016 murder in Indio and another murder in Avondale, Arizona earlier this month, Indio police said. Officials did not state whether the two murders were connected.
“Based on extensive investigations, both the Indio Police Department and Avondale AZ Police Department were able to develop information that identified Marcos Gaeta as the suspect in both cases,” Indio police said. “When arrested in the area of Date Palm Drive and Ramon Road in Cathedral City, he was armed with a loaded handgun, but was safely taken into custody.”
The identities of the victims were not immediately released.
Gaeta was arrested in Cathedral City around 1 p.m. Friday through a joint effort by the Riverside County Gang Impact Team and the Indio Police Department Street Crimes Unit, police said.
Gaeta is held at the Indio jail without bail, according to jail records. He is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning.
Gaeta has pleaded guilty to several crimes in the past, including a felony child abuse charge in March 2011 and a felony burglary charge in May 2000, according to court records. It is not clear if he was on probation at the time of his arrest.