Hollister Police Arrest Second Homicide Suspect


HOLLISTER, CALIFORNIA – On August 16, 2013 at about 12:30 pm, Hollister Police Detectives arrested a 17 yr old male from Hollister for the August 8, 2013 murder of Andres Guzman (19 yrs) of Hollister.

On August 8, 2013 at about 6:30 pm, Hollister Police Officers found the male victim suffering from at least one stab wound to his upper torso at the intersection of Fourth Street and Powell Street. Officers immediately summoned emergency medical aid. Hollister Fire Department and AMR rendered lifesaving efforts and transported the victim to Hazel Hawkins Hospital. The victim was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

On August 14, 2013 Detectives served two search warrants in the City of Hollister and one in the City of San Juan Bautista. All locations had ties to this investigation. At about 1:00 pm that day, Detectives arrested a 17 yr old from Morgan Hill in connection with this investigation.

Both suspects are being held at San Benito County Juvenile Hall and have been booked for charges of 187(a) PC – Murder and 186.2 PC – Gang Enhancement. Detectives expect more arrests as this case is being developed.

“As I said a few days ago, we are committed to seeking justice for the victim, his family and friends and the rest of this community. We still have more work to do, but I am encouraged by the developments thus far. Please keep the crime tips coming in, it helps us send the message that gang violence in our community is unacceptable.”Chief Westrick

This investigation was conducted in support of the City of Hollister’s Safe Communities and Neighborhoods project and is funded through the Board of State and Community Corrections CAL GRIP grant program. This grant supports Hollister Police Department to combat gang related incidents, and also to educate the community and parents of children who may be susceptible to gang influence.

The Hollister Police Department continues to need your help in solving this crime. Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to contact Detective Erik Morris at 636-4330.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.