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California man accused of attempted murder arrested at Havasu supermarket

Carlos A. Estrella (Photo courtesy of Mohave County Sheriff's Office)

Carlos A. Estrella (Photo courtesy of Mohave County Sheriff's Office)

Lake Havasu City Police officers greeted a San Diego man with guns drawn last Monday, after receiving a call for assistance from a California law enforcement agency.

Carlos A. Estrella, 37, was a fugitive as of June 4, wanted on charges of attempted murder in Riverside County. Law enforcement officials from the city of Hemet, California, contacted the Lake Havasu City Police Department to inform officers of the warrant for Estrella’s arrest. Havasu officers were informed that Estrella would be found at a supermarket on McCulloch Boulevard.

Officers arrived at the location and positioned themselves at the business’s exits as undercover detectives watched for Estrella, the report said. Estrella exited the supermarket at about 7 p.m., according to police, and was confronted by armed officers.

Estrella was ordered to bare his hands to officers and lie on the ground, the report said, and Estrella complied. According to police, Estrella was armed only with a bag of groceries and a half-gallon of milk at the time of his arrest.

Estrella was transported to Lake Havasu City Jail without incident, where he was booked and held for court. He is now incarcerated at Mohave County Jail on $200,000 bond, pending a July 3 fugitive hearing in Mohave County Superior Court.

Attempts to gain more information about Estrella’s initial charges from California law enforcement agencies were unsuccessful as of Tuesday afternoon.

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