San Jose police ID suspect in May shooting death

November 18, 2009 3:36:31 PM PST
Police have identified a suspect in the shooting death of a 22-year-old San Jose resident last May.

Investigators are trying to locate Hector Flores Arias, 20, who is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Police said Arias is suspected of shooting Juan Mendoza, 22, outside a house in the 3300 block of Rocky Mountain Drive in San Jose on the afternoon of May 7. Witnesses reported seeing Arias, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, running from the scene after the shooting, police said. Mendoza was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The murder was the city's 10th of the year. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Detective Sgts. Tony Mata or Dave Gutierrez of the homicide unit at (408) 277-5283. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867).


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