Suspect in killing of rapper PnB Rock is extradited to L.A. to face murder charge
A man suspected of killing rapper PnB Rock during an altercation on the beach in Malibu in 2011 was extradited to Los Angeles to face charges, federal officials announced Monday.
Juan Ramon Quintanilla-Urbina was indicted in 2014 on a charge of premeditated murder by a special prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. He is charged with one count of second degree murder during which he used a firearm and is alleged to have shot the performer to death along the Pacific Ocean in Malibu in the early morning hours of July 16, 2011.
On Monday, Quintanilla-Urbina was extradited from Mexico after a hearing that took place via teleconference, during which his lawyers and federal prosecutors questioned the evidence, including a.380-caliber bullet recovered at the scene.
While the shooting scene was never identified by investigators or the LAPD, Quintanilla-Urbina was charged in an incident last year involving another man that led to charges against him stemming from a June 28 altercation and alleged involvement in a beating of two young women.
That incident prompted Los Angeles officials to ask for a warrant for Quintanilla-Urbina’s arrest when he drove through the neighborhood of Encino in the South Bay, where he was believed to be.
But it was a report last month that authorities learned from the San Diego DA’s office that Quintanilla had fled to Mexico when he was served with a warrant, that prompted a move by prosecutors that led to the extradition order.
Quintanilla-Urbina has been in Mexico since July 18 and will be brought to the U.S. for arraignment in the murder charge on May 1. The extradition hearing was scheduled about a week before his arraignment.
Quintanilla-Urbina is currently being held at the Mexico City jail, where he faces extradition to the United States