As the incident unfolded, the sheriff’s office received information that the vehicle entered California and into Sierra County via the Highway 395 corridor. The victim, who was communicating with Reno Police Dispatch, reported she was in fear for her life and was being held against her will inside the moving vehicle.
While Sierra County Deputies responded, they were informed that the victim escaped at the Hallelujah Junction gas station and locked herself in a restroom. The suspect remained outside, fueling his vehicle.
Due to the severity of the alleged crimes and the attempt to preserve life, the Reno Police Department entered the State of California to intervene. They arrived at the Hallelujah Junction gas station and boxed the suspect's car. Reno Police Officers detained the suspect until deputies arrived.
Once Sierra County deputies arrived, they ensured the victim was safe and unharmed. Through their investigation, deputies learned the victim and suspect were in a dating relationship and had an argument while in Reno. The suspect admitted he didn’t have a plan but intended to kill both of them in a murder-suicide.
Deputies arrested Jonathan Infante-Zuniga, of Reno, NV, for false imprisonment, criminal threats, and importation of marijuana into California. Jonathan Infante-Zuniga is currently being held without bail at the Nevada County Jail.
Sierra County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Reno Police Department and the California Highway Patrol for assisting in this investigation.