Milpitas police on Thursday announced four suspects have been arrested in connection to the 2012 killing of a 7-Eleven clerk. Marianne Favro reports.
Milpitas police on Thursday announced four suspects have been arrested in connection to the 2012 shooting death of a 7-Eleven clerk, and that they are still looking for his missing necklace with his name written in Farsi.
The suspects identified in the clerk's killing are: Warner Travis, 19, of Las Vegas; and Jerry Coneal, 19 ; Delman Armstead, 19; and 20-year-old Bianca Barrow. all of of Menlo Park.
Police said all four are accused of robbery and the murder of 67-year-old Mohammad Reza Sadeghzadeh, who was fatally shot inside the 7-Eleven at 1496 N. Milpitas Blvd on Sept. 8, 2012. He left behind a wife and four children, none of whom attended a news conference, but wrote words of love and thanks to the police to read for the public.
"For us, in this small community like Milpitas, where it is safe and we have very few homicides, this really hit the core of our community," Milpitas Police Chief Steve Pangelinan said at a news conference.
He said officers put in "untold" hours leading up to the arrests, but didn't detail just exactly what evidence allegedly linked all four to the death of Sadeghzadeh - an affable clerk and a big Indiana Jones fan.
Video surveillance shows three men wearing hoodies and armed with handguns breaking into the store.
No woman was seen on the video, and police did not disclose how she was allegedly connected to the clerk's death, which was the only homicide reported in Milpitas that year.
While there are four people behind bars, Sadeghzadeh's pendant, which has his name written in Farsi, is still missing, and police are hoping that it can be found and returned to his family.
After Sadeghzadeh was killed, loyal 7-Eleven customers and family held a vigil for him. Many customers said it was comforting to see "Mo's" face when they came in to buy their Slurpees and cigarettes.
At the time, his daughter, Divina Silvas, told NBC Bay Area that she wanted "justice for what happened."
Anyone with any information regarding this case should call the Milpitas Police Department at
NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez and George Kiriyama contributed to this report.