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City of Yuma, AZ

Homicide at Lin's Buffet UPDATED

04/14/2014 (Last updated: 04/15/2014) | Sgt. Leanne Worthen, Public Affairs Unit

On Sunday, April 13, 2014, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Yuma Police Officers responded to Lin's Grand Buffet, 2135 E. 16th Street for a report of a disturbance.

The initial investigation revealed two males, Modesto Cortes-Serrillo (44) and the victim, (43) year old male were known to each other. Officers learned Cortes-Serrillo and the victim were involved in a disturbance inside the restaurant. After the disturbance became physical, the victim ran outside and was chased by Cortes Serrillo. Once outside, witnesses reported Cortes-Serrillo shot the victim multiple times, killing him. No other injuries were reported.

Cortes-Serrillo fled the scene in a black, 1996 Toyota Camry and has not been located. We believe he abandoned the Camry in the Yuma area and police are attempting to locate it.

UPDATE #1 Toyota Camry Located

The black Toyota Camry involved in this incident has been located in San Luis Arizona.

Modesto Cortes-Serrillo After the shooting, Cortes-Serrillo made contact with his daughter, Daisy Cortes (21). It was discovered she drove her father to Mexico and then returned to the United States. Cortes-Serrillo is described as a Hispanic male, 5'6", 170 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be in Mexico. Cortes-Serrillo's photograph is attached.

On Monday, April 14, 2014 Daisy Cortes was interviewed and subsequently booked in jail for Hindering Prosecution.

UPDATE #2 Modesto Cortes, Son of Cortes-Serrillo, Booked for Hindering

On Monday, April 14, 2014, detectives with the Yuma Police Department interviewed Modesto Cortes (18) the son of Cortes-Serrillo after learning he assisted his father with evading police capture and withheld information about his father's whereabouts. Modesto Cortes was arrested and booked in jail for Hindering Prosecution.

Victim Identified

The victim in this case has been identified as Santiago Olivo-Diaz (43).

If You Know Something

The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call Sgt. Rodriguez at 928-373-4678 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous. Remember, if your information leads to an arrest you may receive up to a $1,000 cash reward. Please refer to case number 14-25673 or 14-25869.

City of Yuma Police Department

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Yuma, Arizona 85364
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Yuma, Arizona

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