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Police seek 2 murder suspects

A Merced man is one of two people being sought in connection with a March 13 triple murder in East Linda in Yuba County.

Saul Marroquin, 26, of Merced, and Nicolaus Solano, 28, of the Yuba-Sutter area, have been identified by forensic evidence and witnesses' statements as being responsible for the murder of the three men, according to Melanie Oakes, Yuba County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

The Merced Police Department, including its Special Weapons and Tactics unit, have been looking for Marroquin and are assisting Yuba County sheriff's deputies in the search.

Lt. Bimley West, supervisor of the Merced Police Department's Investigations Division, said Marroquin, also known as Saul Pimentel, and Solano are very dangerous criminals and pose great risk to officers and the general public.

Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor identified the victims as 27-year-old Manuel Robles-Basurto and brothers 31-year-old Jose Arreguin-Cardenas and 37-year-old Jesus Arreguin-Cardenas. Investigators have learned all three men originated from outside the Yuba-Sutter area. Detectives are attempting to determine what brought these men to Linda and their connection to the apartment where they died.

Durfor said autopsy results show that all three died as a result of gunshot wounds. The circumstances surrounding the deaths are now the focus of the investigation.

Marroquin has brown hair and brown eyes, is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. Solano has brown hair, brown eyes, is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He is known as "Nico" and also has used the alias Jose Garcia Romero.

Oakes said search warrants have been served in the local area as well as Merced, resulting in the recovery of additional evidence.

West said anyone observing Marroquin or Solano is urged to use extreme caution and not show obvious signs of recognizing the men. Those spotting the two men should call 911 immediately and use discretion in notifying police, along with providing description of their clothing and vehicle. Those with information about the men are asked to call the department's tip line at (209) 385-4725.

Unless they are arrested, it's likely Marroquin and Solano could kill again. Merced officers are sharing intelligence with Yuba officers and deploying according to their requests, West said.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2485 or