Illegal Alien Arrested in California Police Officer’s Murder

By Melanie Arter | January 2, 2019 | 10:18am EST
RIO GRANDE CITY, TX - DECEMBER 07: A U.S. Border Patrol officer body searches an undocumented immigrant after he illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and was caught on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas. Border Patrol agents continue to detain hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants trying to avoid capture after crossing into the United States, even as migrant families and unaccompanied minors from Central America cross and turn themselves in to seek assylum. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

( – A California police officer was allegedly gunned down by an illegal alien the day after Christmas, sparking new concerns about California’s sanctuary city law.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga was arrested last week in the killing of Newman police Cpl. Ronil Singh, a 33-year-old father of five-month-old baby who immigrated to the United States from Fiji.

Arriaga faces arraignment on murder charges on Wednesday. Four others have been arrested and charged with helping the suspect evade law enforcement.

Sheriff Adam Christianson, who led the investigation, said Arriaga illegally crossed the border in Arizona, had been arrested twice before for drunk driving, and had gang affiliations according to photos found on social media.

“This criminal, Mr. Arriaga, crossed our border illegally into Arizona some time ago. He is a criminal. He has two prior arrests for DUI. Remember that’s the reason that Officer Singh stopped him, because we had probable cause to believe that he was under the influence of alcohol. Past behavior is typically a predictor of future behavior, and an officer loses his life over a DUI stop from someone who’s been previously arrested. Mr. Arriaga also has known gang affiliations,” Christianson said.

“All you have to do is take a look at social media, which by the way got way ahead of us again, and there’s plenty of photographic evidence on and in social media, Facebook, and other platforms that clearly shows him self-promoting himself as a gangster,” he said.


Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, told “Fox News Sunday” that Trump was ready to receive a counteroffer from the Democrats on border security.

“It's been many, many days since the House passed its $5.6 billion for border security. It's not restricted to just a wall. It's what CBP says they need. They need technological enhancements, physical barriers, the steel slats the president has tweeted about and talked about from the Oval and elsewhere,” she said.

Conway said “border security is national security.”

“We have a flood of drugs coming into this country and into our communities. We have obviously an increase in gang members coming over,” she said.

“We saw just what happened to Officer Singh in California - God rest his soul - murdered by a criminal alien who had come back into this country, should not have been here in California, a sanctuary state -- or in a sanctuary city, and this is somebody who -- we've got 31 sanctuary cities, six sanctuary states, you got people who want to make us an entire sanctuary country,” Conway said.

Last night, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement, saying, “President Trump made a serious, good faith offer to Democrats to open the government, address the crisis at our border, and protect all Americans. We have heard nothing back from the Democrats, who so far have refused to compromise.

“Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi released a plan that will not re-open the government because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens. The Pelosi plan is a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime,” Sanders added.

The president invited Democrat and GOP congressional leaders to the White House “for a border security briefing from senior Department of Homeland Security officials on Wednesday,” the secretary said.

Trump “remains committed to reaching an agreement that both reopens the government and keeps Americans safe,” she added.


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