More than a month ago, the body of a young man from Salinas was found abandoned on a road in Monterey County.
Two people were linked to the murder and are now charged with homicide. The suspects are known gang members and detectives believe the shooting is gang-related.
What we know
Around 8 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, a father was driving his daughter to school when they saw a man lying next to a vehicle at the top of San Juan Grade Road. The father stopped to check on the man, detectives said.
He found the man dead, with “obvious signs of being shot.” The witness called 911 and Monterey County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the scene along with violent crime detectives.
The victim was later identified as Anthony Joel Suarez. The 20-year-old from Salinas had been attacked and shot in the execution style, detectives said. Execution style usually refers to a shot that is fired at the back of a victim’s head, usually after it falls to the ground.
Over the next month, detectives worked to find the killers. They interviewed members of the band, used surveillance videos and tracked Suarez’s latest movements.
Last week, 20-year-old Adam Villareal was arrested in connection with the homicide. Detectives said the suspect was not hard to find because he was already in Monterey County Jail on a parole violation.
On Wednesday, detectives arrested the second suspect, Vicente Alejandro Aguirre.
While SWAT members were responding to a Salinas home in the 300 block of Front Street, the 28-year-old stepped out of a fourth-floor balcony and fled.
He was arrested after a “long” chase by the department’s police dog, Tonas. Aguirre was taken to a local hospital for injuries sustained during the chase.
He was later questioned by detectives and taken to Monterey County Jail on suspicion of murder.
“The sheriff’s office will always seek justice for the citizens of our communities,” sheriff’s officials said in a post on social media. “We hope that these arrests will help the Suárez family to continue their process of mourning and healing …”
Anyone with information about this case should call Detective Mike Smith at (831) 755-3762 or Sergeant. Bryan Hoskins no (831) 755-3773.
Sheyanne Romero is a journalist for the USA TODAY Network and manages content for the Salinas Californian.
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