Mexico is expected to seek extradition of Bryant Rivera, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of three sex workers in Tijuana.
The women were found dead in hotel rooms between September 2021 and February 2022.
An arrest warrant details one of the murders.
The victim, a known sex worker, was found dead of strangulation in a hotel next to the Hong Kong gentlemen’s club on Jan. 25, 2022 after allegedly checking into a room the night before with a suspect identified as Rivera.
Rivera, 30, who has been described as a “psychopathic serial killer,” was arrested late last week in Los Angeles and was in a U.S. federal court Monday morning for an extradition hearing.
Baja California’s Attorney General Ricardo Carpio Sanchez says his office is working to get Rivera back to Mexico where he will be tried and “likely die in prison.”
Rivera, who resides in Downey, is accused of meeting and setting up sexual encounters with exotic dancers who worked in Tijuana’s so-called “tolerance zone.”
Mexican authorities have compared the murders to those by another notorious serial killer.
“This subject has criminal tendencies associated with violent and psychopathic behavior,” Sánchez told reporters last year. “His profile is very similar to someone who became very well-known decades ago: Ted Bundy.”
“We are going back 10 years checking murder cases to see if any match his modus operandi,” said Carpio Sanchez. “We believe he is responsible for other murders and in particular the disappearance of a woman who hasn’t been found.”