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Man held in rapper's death

February 17, 2009|Associated Press

A 23-year-old fugitive wanted for his alleged role in the killing of a San Bernardino rapper has been arrested at the Mexican border.

Officials said Monday that Jeffrey Berrouet was taken into custody Saturday night at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

San Bernardino County sheriff's detectives issued an arrest warrant for Berrouet in the June 2008 robbery, kidnapping, torture and slaying of Robert Mastrangelo.

The Press Enterprise newspaper says Mastrangelo, who performed under the name Self Sufficient, was found in a drainage ditch off Interstate 15 in Barstow.

He'd been bound at the ankles, beaten and shot four times in the head and chest.

Officials say the TV show "America's Most Wanted" had scheduled a segment on Berrouet, but it was canceled after his arrest.

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