(Two Kern County Suspects arrested)…One of the suspects is wanted for murder.
El Centro Police say they were notified to be on the loo9k-out for the suspects and their vehicle Saturday morning. The Department entered the vehicle information into their regional Automated License Plate Reader system. At 2:00 pm Saturday, ECPD dispatch advised patrol units the vehicle had been detected by the cameras on Main Street and Imperial Avenue, traveling Northbound. The vehicle was located on north Imperial Avenue. Police set up surveillance. They found the suspects in a local restaurant. Officers entered the establishment and arrested 33 year old Ricardo Tapia and 33 year old Melissa Avila, without incident. The two were booked into County Jail, Tapia on the murder warrant and Avila on a Flight/Escape warrant. Both suspects are from Kern County and both will be extradited back to that county.