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Two arrested in connection to fatal Dallas hit-and-run

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The two suspects wanted in the Tuesday death of a 13-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run crash in East Dallas have been arrested in Florida, according to officials with the Dallas Police Department.

Dagoberto Castanon, 25, and Rogelio Avilia, 24, were arrested by U.S. marshals around 7 p.m. in north Fort Meyers on Friday.

Police say a cell phone believed to be Castanon's was left inside a van the suspects were allegedly driving in the crash. The phone led police to Castanon's girlfriend, who told police that on the day of the crash, Castanon showed up at her home with cuts.

He reportedly told her that he and Avila had been in a stolen van and had been in a crash. The girlfriend then dropped Castanon off at Avila's house.

Officials said a pursuit leading to the hit-and-run began around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday when Highland Park officers saw a minivan run through a stop sign.

The officers chased the vehicle into Dallas because it showed up as being stolen. However, they backed off whenever they reached a residential area, police said.

Shortly afterward, the suspect vehicle crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Monticello Avenue and Homer Street.

Ethan Vasquez was killed, and his mother, Sandy Vasquez, was taken to a nearby hospital with head and internal injuries. Sandy and Ethan are the wife and son of a Cedar Hill police sergeant.

The car the Vasquezes were in spun out, and in turn, hit another car at a stop sign. The driver in that second vehicle was not seriously injured.

The suspects in the van took off running.

Sources said Wednesday that inside the van the suspects were in, a gun, crowbar and other burglary tools, as well as lawn clippings, were found.

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