A fugitive accused of two murders, including that of a woman in Indio, was arrested in Cathedral City and remained behind bars Saturday without bail.
Marcos Gaeta, 38, was arrested just before 1 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Date Palm Drive and Ramon Road, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities said he was armed with a loaded handgun but was safely arrested by a task force of law enforcement agencies, including Indio, Hemet, Palm Springs, Corona and Beaumont police.
Gaeta was wanted in connection with the killing of Jamie Maher, 30, which occurred on Aug. 30, 2016 in Indio.
Maher’s mother, Valerie Silveira, confirmed to KESQ that Gaeta was suspected of gunning down her daughter.
“Where Jamie is, she doesn’t need justice, but our family needs justice and the community needs justice,” she told the TV station. “I am so grateful to the Indio Police Department for everything they’ve done for us and how hard they’ve worked to bring us justice.”
The DA’s office also said Gaeta was suspected of committing another murder in Avondale, Arizona, though no other details were provided.
Gaeta was booked into the Indio Jail on suspicion of multiple crimes, including first-degree murder.