Yuma police arrest son of homicide suspect who reportedly fled to Mexico

Modesto Cortes-Serrillo

Police are searching for Modesto Cortes-Serrillo.


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 17 at 10:14 AM

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YUMA, Ariz. – Police have arrested the son of a man who reportedly fled to Mexico following a fatal shooting in Yuma.

Modesto Cortes, 18, was booked into jail for hindering prosecution.

Police said Cortes assisted his father with evading capture and withheld information about his father's whereabouts.

Yuma police said Modesto Cortes-Serrillo, 44, got into a fight with Santiago Olivo-Diaz, 43, inside the Lin's Grand Buffet near 16th Street and Pacific Avenue Sunday night.

Witnesses told police Olivo-Diaz ran outside and Cortes-Serrillo shot him multiple times.

Cortes-Serrillo fled the scene in a black 1996 Toyota Camry. Police later found it abandoned in San Luis, Ariz.

Police said Cortes-Serrillo's daughter drove him to Mexico and then returned to the United States. Daisy Cortes, 21, was arrested on Monday and also faces a charge of hindering prosecution.

Cortes-Serrillo has not been found. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Sgt. Rodriguez at 928-373-4678 or 78-Crime at 928-782-7463 to remain anonymous. If your information leads to an arrest, you may receive up to a $1,000 cash reward.


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