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Police: Accused Killer Found in Mexico

Authorities arrested Jonathan Chacon, who is believed to be responsible for killing two women on Rockefeller Lane, in Mexico, police say.

A suspect in the slayings of two Redondo Beach women was arrested early Wednesday morning in Baja California, according to a news release from the .

Police believe Jonathan Scott Chacon, 23, killed two women at an apartment on Rockefeller Lane in North Redondo Beach.

The victims were Vicki Bergman, and her daughter, Courtney, who was a
2011 graduate of , according to multiple media outlets.

The mother was 59, and her daughter was 19, said Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. The bodies were found by a co-worker of one of the victims, said Redondo Beach police Capt. Jeff Hink.

Police will not reveal how the women died, but Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said the slayings may have been related to a domestic issue.

"It's definitely a possibility," he said, noting the prior relationships between Chacon and the younger of the two victims.

Chacon, who officers believe was the boyfriend of the younger victim, was found and arrested after police learned he might have fled to Mexico, police said in the statement.

"Detectives worked through the night in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexican authorities to locate Chacon," wrote Hoffman.

Authorities found Chacon at a hotel in Rosarito Beach, Hoffman said. He was detained by Mexican authorities and transferred back to the United States on Thursday morning. He is currently in the custody of the Redondo Beach Police Department and will be booked on two counts of murder.

Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Department later discovered Chacon's black Mustang convertible parked near Interstate 5 in Mission Viejo. Redondo police will take possession of the vehicle as part of their investigation. How Chacon got from Mission Viejo to Mexico is unknown, Hoffman said.

"We're not exactly sure," he said. "We don't know if he got somebody to drive him to Mexico and parked his car (in Mission Viejo)."

Hoffman said Chacon was returned to the United States without delay because he is not a Mexican national but, rather, a U.S. citizen who was carrying a U.S. passport.

In an interview with the Easy Reader, Hink credited the arrest to the numerous tips the department received Tuesday.

Hoffman told Patch that the department received more than 50 tips regarding the case via telephone, text messaging and email. Some tipsters said they had actually spotted the suspect, while others saw the car or provided possible destinations, he said.

The deaths of Vicky Bergman and her daughter were the second and third slayings in Redondo Beach in less than a week. A week ago today, a woman in South Redondo was shot to death by her estranged husband, who later committed suicide during a three-hour standoff with state troopers on Interstate 15 in Utah.

Prior to Feb. 22, the city had three reported killings in the previous five years, said Redondo Beach police Sgt. Michael Martinez.

Previously:

City News Service contributed to this report.

jim February 29, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Good job RBPD. RIP Ladies. Sad day in Redondo.
Wolfman February 29, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Commit crime here and then run to Mexico. Very sad our system lets this happen
G Money February 29, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Wolfman, you can walk across the border...it's not like they stop and search you. If they don't know a crime has been committed, why wouldn't they let you in. and he was found and brought back within 24 hours.......I would say a pretty damn good job by "the system" over all
Wolfman March 01, 2012 at 12:07 AM
G Money, if he was an illegal and commited this crime he would haved stayed in Mexico under Mexican law
Dr. Coronel March 06, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Notice the outcome! The authorities there intervened speedily. Under international law, there is such a thing as an extradition process, sometimes expedited based on the particulars. Let's not jump to biases with our neighbors to the south
Dr. Coronel March 06, 2012 at 11:05 PM
International law call for an extradition process, sometimes short sometimes lenghty based on the particulars. The U.S. is an active participant in this very defined, legal process. If this was backward, of a U.S. citizen commiting a crime in another country, which has happened, the U.S. would investigate the merits of the other country's extradition demand to protect its citizens and yet to have justice served. It is no different elsewhere
Wolfman March 07, 2012 at 03:25 AM
this guy's mistake was that he was an American citizen not a Mexican national if he was he would still be in Mexico as Mexico has no death penalty and will not return a national to any other country if they could face the death penalty
Elle Hall March 10, 2012 at 04:56 PM
This MONSTERS first mistake WAS KILLING TWO WOMEN!! WTF?????? Not his citizenship!
Wolfman March 10, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Yes, he is a monster and should be put to death in the same horrific way he killed mother and daughter but he won't especially in California but the point I was trying to make is that if he were a Mexican National he would have got away with it.

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