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Murder suspect in California cold case from 2000 captured in Bridgeport

Samuel Calvario

Samuel Calvario

BRIDGEPORT — A man suspected in 16-year-old murder-kidnapping case in California was captured Thursday morning after a making a stolen vehicle report that revealed his whereabouts to authorities.

Officers from the Bridgeport, Hartford, and Los Angeles police departments along with members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force captured Samuel Calvario, 46, who was wanted for a murder that happened in Los Angeles in 2000.

Calvario had been living under the name of Felix Gonzales-Morales in a rooming house at 113 Poplar Bridgeport, according to officials. He is suspected in the murder of Daniel Felix on November 9, 2000.

Authorities in the Los Angeles Police Department were tipped off that Calvario was living in Connecticut. Members of the Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force were able to track down his location after he filed a stolen vehicle report with Bridgeport Police Department.

Calvario was taken into custody without incident. Authorities executed a search warrant for the residence and DNA samples at 5:45 a.m. Thursday at the house on Poplar Street. Officials said they found documentation containing Calvario’s original identity.

He was charged with being a fugitive from justice and held on a $1,000,000 bond and will face an extradition hearing to California, where he faces charges of murder, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon in connection to the killing of Felix.