S.F. police deny knowing gang leader whereabouts
Vivian Ho (San Francisco Chronicle) | July 10, 2012
Authorities say they didn’t know where a suspected gang leader accused of the 2008 triple-slaying of a San Francisco father and his two sons had been hiding for the past four years, but evidence suggests that on several occasions he was within their reach.
Wilfredo “Flaco” Reyes, 31, dropped from sight after the June 22, 2008, drive-by shooting that killed Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, as they drove a few blocks from their home in the Excelsior neighborhood.
Reyes, a suspected leader of the MS-13 gang in San Francisco, was arrested Monday on a murder warrant outside a residence in Salisbury, N.C.
In the intervening four years, his fellow gang member Edwin Ramos, 25, was arrested, tried and sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole for the slayings.
The killings happened near the intersection of Congdon and Maynard streets as the Bolognas returned home from a family gathering. Ramos testified at his trial that he had been in a car with Reyes when the gang leader mistook one of the sons for a rival gang member and opened fire.
Ramos’ defense lawyers claimed that in order to convict their client, San Francisco homicide detectives chose not to search for Reyes.
Photo credit: Rowan County Sheriff, Courtesy Of Rowan County Sheriff / SF
Tags: "MS-13" gang, Edwin Ramos, Excelsior, San Francisco, Tony Bologna, triple-slaying, Wilfredo "Flaco" Reyes