September 23, 2023

A Downey man whom Mexican authorities have likened to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy is suspected of slaying three Tijuana intercourse employees in 2021 and 2022 and now has been linked to the killing of a fourth lady, in response to prosecutors within the border metropolis.

Bryant “Eduardo” Rivera (Courtesy of U.S. Division of Justice) 

Bryant “Eduardo” Rivera, 30, was arrested July 6 by FBI brokers and U.S. marshals exterior his aged mother and father’ residence in Downey in reference to the strangulation loss of life of Ángela Carolina Acosta Flores. He faces a cost of femicide, a hate crime outlined because the intentional killing of girls or ladies as a result of they’re feminine.

“We’ll apply all of the authorized and technological devices crucial to seek out these accountable for any crime, notably these thought of for gender causes,” former Baja California Lawyer Common Ricardo Iván Carpio Sánchez mentioned in a press release previous to his abrupt resignation final week amid a violent crime wave plaguing the state. “So with a robust hand, we are going to search to deliver all these criminals to justice, even once they attempt to evade it by hiding out of the country.”

Rivera stays in custody pending extradition to Mexico, the place authorities there plan to current proof to cost him with the slayings of Acosta and two different intercourse employees.

Deputy Federal Public Defender J. Alejandro Barrientos argued unsuccessfully final month that Rivera needs to be granted bail and be positioned on residence incarceration with a location ankle monitor as a result of he has no prior prison report and financially assists his mother and father by his job as a supply driver.

“He’s additionally a loyal and caring son to his mother and father,” Barrientos mentioned in a courtroom movement. “There is no such thing as a proof that Mr. Rivera poses an instantaneous hazard to anybody within the Central District of California, or the US extra broadly, as Mr. Rivera has peacefully resided within the Los Angeles space for 3 a long time.”

Final week, Carpio Sánchez advised reporters Rivera is below investigation for an additional homicide case however offered no particulars or the date of the slaying, in response to The Related Press. “It’s the identical lodge, the sufferer is a girl and there are similarities to the deaths of the opposite victims,” he mentioned.

The investigation into Acosta’s slaying started round midday on Jan. 25, 2022, after staff on the Resort Cascadas found her bare, lifeless physique within the toilet of Room 404, in response to a prison grievance filed in U.S. District Courtroom in Los Angeles.

Surveillance video captured Bryant "Eduardo" Rivera and sex worker Ángela Carolina Acosta Flores shortly before Acosta was slain on the night of January 24, 2022 in her room at the Hotel Cascadas in Tijuana, Mexico. (Courtesy of U.S. Department of Justice)
Surveillance video captured Bryant “Eduardo” Rivera and intercourse employee Ángela Carolina Acosta Flores shortly earlier than Acosta was slain on the evening of Jan. 24, 2022, in her room on the Resort Cascadas in Tijuana, Mexico. (Courtesy of U.S. Division of Justice) 

The lodge is instantly above the Hong Kong Gents’s Membership in Tijuana’s redlight district, the place Acosta had labored since September 2021 as a dancer and occasional intercourse employee.

At 10:12 p.m. on Jan. 24, Acosta allegedly despatched her mom a textual content stating that she was going to Room 404 on the Resort Cascadas with a buyer for half-hour.