Suspects in Fatal M Streets Hit-and-Run Caught in Florida, Thanks to a Forgotten Cell Phone

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Dagoberto Castanon, left, and Rogelio Avila.
U.S. Marshals on Friday arrested two suspects in the M Streets hit-and-run that killed 13-year-old Ethan Vasquez and critically injured his mother last week.

Dagoberto Castanon, 25, and Rogelio Avila, 24 were discovered hiding in a Fort Myers, Florida, trailer park three days after they allegedly ran a stop sign in a stolen minivan and broadsided the Vasquezes' Nissan Versa.

They are being held in the Lee County Jail on murder charges. Dallas detectives will travel there this week to begin the extradition process.

See also: Dallas Police Looking For Car Thief Who Killed Teen in M Streets Hit-and-Run

Police didn't say on Friday how, exactly, they managed to to track the men to the Sunshine State, but finding out their identity was remarkably simple. All cops had to do was check the cell phone they'd left behind in the stolen minivan when they fled.

According to an arrest affidavit, the cell phone led to Castanon's girlfriend. She told police that Castanon arrived home on Tuesday with cuts to the top of his head, telling her he and Avila had been in a crash and that he wasn't sure if the people in the other car had survived.

The girlfriend said she took Castanon to a drug store to get bandages, then dropped him off at Avila's. She didn't hear from him again.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.

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27 comments
saesaro
saesaro

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH.

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

How about putting the fact that he was an illegal alien who was deported once before?  Or would that be an admission that "they just want to work" is a crock?  Liberals like Nicholson don't want to tell the whole truth - just the convenient ones.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Running to ft Myers makes sense, because it's quite diverse these days, but if they had gone to nearby Immokalee, chances are they could have gotten away clean, given that town's large illegal alien population.

Maybe that was their eventual destination, it was the most logical. Good job, coppers, nabbing them before they disappeared into a colony of foreign nationals which would form a protective cocoon around them.

WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA
WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

Hopefully the extradition will be them trying to run again and being shot in the back numerous times till dead. 

lebowski300
lebowski300

"Hi honey, I'm home. Might have murdered somebody." And the girlfriend is being charged too, right? Isn't she an accomplice?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Eric, when are you going to report that Castanon was previously deported by ICE and has prior felony convictions?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

So, how did the cops make the Ft. Myers connection? Lucky guess?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@NAMBLA

Fortunately, Ft Myers cops and Lee County sheriffs are badass trigger-happy crackers.

bstewart1987
bstewart1987

@lebowski300 Think about it. They are not saying how they knew they were in Ft. Myers. But she wont get charged. She prob gave them up.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@juanmayeaux

There's a trailer trash smell test? Gotta be the hardest test to flunk ever.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tpfkap

That's not clear from the article, but It makes sense that she may have known. I guess we'll find out.

Thankfully, these types tend to be dumbasses.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

Latina girl

Deberías aprender la lengua de la cultura dominante en tu ciudad.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul


They threatened to notify CPS about her drug use and connections to the crime ring these to guys belong to.  The one thing a little Latina girl fears most is having her kids taken away.  

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

I have a feeling that since it was her phone in the stolen van, that the police put a lot of pressure on her such as being a co-conspirator for not only the car theft and the homicide, but a few other things as well.

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