Police / Fire

Police arrest drive-by shooting suspect

Second shooter and other occupants of the suspect vehicle have yet to be identified, police said.

Information provided by the Hollister Police Department.

Hollister police arrested one suspect after officers were dispatched to the 200 block of San Lorenzo Drive for a drive-by shooting into a home on Sept. 29 at around 7 p.m.

According to a recent press release, officers arrived at a home and found bullets had been fired into the house and a vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence. A teenage boy was standing in front of the home at the time, but escaped being shot. Other people were present in the house, but no one was injured, and exterior security cameras on the home captured the shooting.

At about 8 p.m., San Benito County Sheriff’s Deputy Breyon Canez located a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in this shooting. He followed the car to a home in the 1500 block of Clearview Drive. A male subject matching the description of one of the shooters exited the vehicle. Canez recognized the 18-year-old male, who police said is a known gang member on felony probation.

When Canez attempted to contact the suspect, the suspect ran into the home and locked the door behind him, the release said. The suspect vehicle also fled the area. Canez called for additional units and law enforcement established a perimeter around the home. Police said two teenaged boys inside the house refused to allow officers and deputies into the home, and the suspect refused to come out.

According to the release, the homeowner arrived and allowed officers to enter the home. Police located the suspect hiding inside and took him into custody. Police said no firearm was located, but officers identified the suspect as one of the shooters in the video from the victim’s residence.

Police booked the suspect into the San Benito County Jail on a violation of shooting into an inhabited dwelling and for violating his terms of probation. The second shooter and other occupants of the suspect vehicle have yet to be identified, police said.

This is an ongoing investigation and officers have several good leads to follow-up, the release said.

Anyone having information on this case is asked to call Officer Pedro Torres of the Hollister Police Department at 636-4330.  Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-87-CRIME.  Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.


BenitoLink Staff