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Suspect arrested in Forestville triple homicide

A man suspected of killing three men two weeks ago during a marijuana deal at a home near Forestville has been arrested in Alabama, authorities said Monday.

Mark Cappello, 46, of Central City, Colo., was being held without bail Monday at a jail in Mobile, Ala., on a fugitive from justice warrant issued from Sonoma County, Mobile County sheriff's officials said.

Cappello is a suspect in the Feb. 5 slaying of Sebastopol native Raleigh Butler, 24, and two other men, Todd Klarkowski, 42, of Boulder, Colo., and Richard Lewin, 46, of Huntington, N.Y., Sonoma County Sheriff's Lt. Dennis O'Leary said.

Butler, Klarkowski and Lewin had arranged to buy a large amount of marijuana at the Ross Station Road home where Butler's mother lived, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said. Butler's mother was out of town at the time.

All three men were shot and killed sometime around noon that day by an assailant who left behind no money and only a scant amount of marijuana, officials said.

It was unclear Monday how detectives connected Cappello to the killings. O'Leary declined to say whether they suspect Cappello acted alone.

"We do not believe that there is anybody related to the crime that occurred that is still in Sonoma County," O'Leary said.

On Feb. 14, Cappello was pulled over for a traffic violation at about 10:20 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 10 west of Mobile, Mobile County sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Myles said.

During the traffic stop, Mobile deputies found a search warrant linked to the vehicle, a white 1995 Ford Bronco, stemming from the Sonoma County triple homicide case, Myles said. They alerted Sonoma County sheriff's detectives, who then secured a warrant for Cappello's arrest, Myles said.

Detectives had already linked Cappello to the crime, O'Leary said. Cappello declined to speak with detectives following his arrest, he said.


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