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4 San Jose Double Homicide Suspects Arrested; Drugs, Weapons Seized

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) -- Four suspects in a 2020 mass shooting outside a San Jose restaurant that left two men dead and four others wounded have been arrested and a large amount of drugs and two weapons seized during a series of police raids last week, San Jose police announced Wednesday.

San Jose police officers and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents executed six search warrants and six arrest warrants connected to the Oct. 16, 2020 shooting at the Nuevo Vallarta restaurant located in the 100 block of S. Capitol Ave.  Warrants were served at various locations throughout San José on Jan 19.

Taken into custody during those raids were 34-year-old Raymond Araujo, 20-year-old Andres Salas Campos, 44-year-old Oswaldo Varela and 31-year-old Leticia Escalera. Police said Araujo was also the subject of a DEA investigation.

"Throughout the [homicide] investigation, we identified suspects and we realized that our investigation was overlapping with a narcotics investigation that was being conducted by the DEA," said San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Christian Camarillo.

The drugs and weapons were seized during the raids were:

  • 1 gallon of liquid meth
  • 6 pounds of cocaine
  • 3.85 pounds of heroin
  • Marijuana for sales
  • 30 fentanyl pills
  • A 9mm ghost Glock semi-auto handgun
  • An AR-15 rifle
  • $175,000 in cash

San Jose police said in all seven suspects were arrested -- four associated with the homicide and three for narcotics-related activity. All of the suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for various charges.

In the October 2020 shooting, police located five victims, all adult males, suffering from at least one gunshot wound each. One of the victims was declared deceased at the scene by paramedics. A second was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Three other victims were transported to local hospitals where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, a sixth victim arrived at a local emergency room. He was identified as being present at the scene and also had a non-life-threatening injury.

The two homicides were the 34th and 35th homicides of 2020.

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