Yuma, Arizona - 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.
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. On Monday, April 14, 2014 Daisy Cortes was interviewed and subsequently booked in jail for Hindering Prosecution.
Connect up case 14-25869- 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.
The victim in this case has been identified as Santiago Olivo-Diaz (43).
Modesto Cortes-Serrillo was arrested in Mexico City on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at approximately 9:00 a.m. for a warrant reference the homicide at Lin’s Grand Buffet. The U.S. Marshal’s went to Mexico City and brought him back to Yuma. He was booked into the Yuma County Detention Center at 8:45 p.m.
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous.