Shortly after midnight Tuesday, a Vallejo police officer shot and killed a year-old man who was suspected of trying to break into a local Walgreens during a chaotic night of looting, police confirmed Wednesday. The man, identified as Sean Monterrosa, 22, was killed by a Vallejo officer whose name police are refusing to release. Monterrosa was on his knees when he was shot, Williams said. The shooting happened between midnight and 1 a. Tuesday; Monterrosa was declared dead several hours later.
When Vallejo police announced to the world that the abduction of physical therapist Denise Huskins was an elaborate hoax she cooked up with her boyfriend, investigators were sitting on evidence that could have led them to the real culprit in the sensational kidnap-for-ransom.
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The failure devastated the couple. It could figure into the prosecution of the kidnapper, Matthew Muller, which he to court this week. Investigators traced the calls to a prepaid phone purchased from a Target store in Pleasant Hill, and they later viewed surveillance images of a man — allegedly Muller — buying the phone.
It appears they thought the man captured on camera in Target was either Quinn or an accomplice. Huskins and Quinn were dragged through the mud.
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Muller remained free to strike again — and he did before he was caught months later, prompting Vallejo police to privately apologize to Huskins and Quinn. The saga took another dramatic turn last week when Muller, 41, was brought from a federal prison in Arizona to Solano County to face state charges of kidnapping for ransom, rape, robbery, burglary and false imprisonment.
The Harvard-educated but now disbarred immigration lawyer and onetime Marine has already pleaded guilty to the kidnapping in federal court, earning a year prison sentence.
Often, prosecutors rely on police testimony rather than putting victims on the stand in preliminary hearings. What remains to be seen is whether the strength of the case may be affected by the initial lapses of Vallejo police as well as the FBI. The ordeal began around 3 a.
But even as Quinn begged officers to help find his girlfriend, investigators quickly focused on him as a suspect, his attorney said, interrogating him for hours, taking his phone and clothing, extracting blood samples and giving him a polygraph test. They thought his story was just too far-fetched in its horror.
At p. Earlier today, there was a plane crash in the Alps, and people died. When they switched the phone back to regular mode, it showed two missed calls from an unknown. The calls had arrived at and p. Police traced the to a prepaid wireless TracFone purchased three weeks earlier at the Pleasant Hill Target store.
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Both Muller and Quinn are white, with brown hair and medium builds. Vallejo and FBI officials have long declined to comment in detail.
Muller had been a suspect in three home-invasion attacks in Mountain View and Palo Alto in and that had remarkable similarities to the Huskins kidnapping. Muller dropped off Huskins in Huntington Beach on the morning of March 25,and she immediately called police, telling them of the kidnapping and rapes.
But then, within hours, came the hastily prepared news conference, during which Vallejo police Lt. Russo said the FBI was equally to blame for its role behind the scenes. Huskins and Quinn remained under a cloud for months, though The Chronicle continued to receive s from the purported kidnapper, who was shocked and angry that police doubted he was real.
Then on June 5,Muller committed a home invasion in Dublin — he later pleaded no contest to the crime — and left his cell phone behind after the resident fought him. Police reported that they traced the to Muller and found him — along with a mountain of evidence in the Mare Island kidnapping — in South Lake Tahoe, in the same home where he had held Huskins and called Quinn. Evan Sernoffsky is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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