SJPD Make 6 Arrests in Teen Homicide Case

Manuel Urzoua, 16, was the 25th homicide of 2013

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    Four men and two teenage boys have been arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old boy who was gunned down in East San Jose in June. Kris Sanchez reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013)

    Four men and two teenage boys have been arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old boy who was gunned down in East San Jose in June, San Jose police announced today.

    The photos of the adults are above.

    Manuel Urzoua, 16, of San Jose, was found suffering from at least one gunshot wound in the 1600 block of Virginia Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. on June 19.

    He later died at a hospital, police spokesman office Albert Morales said. Police detectives determined that the shooting was gang-related, Morales said.

    Police credit good police work and tips from the public for solving the case.

    "We understand that the citizens fear retaliation, but it is as a result of people coming forward, good detective work that we were able to solve this homicide," Morales said. 

    "After several months of conducting many interviews by our homicide detectives, I am proud to say they were able to solve this case. Also, it is six less gang members off the streets causing fear to our communities in San Jose. I also want to commend our Covert Response Unit (CRU) and the United States Marshal's office for assisting us in the apprehension efforts of these suspects," Homicide Commander Lt. Mike Kihmm said. 

    The latest of the six arrests in Urzoua's murder was made Friday, when the U.S. Marshals Service captured suspect Juan Tafolla Godinez, 19, in Washington state, according to Morales.

    The first occurred on Oct. 8, when police arrested 22-year-old Jorge Ibarez and two teen boys, ages 15 and 17, police said.

    Ibarez and the 15-year-old were already behind bars for separate crimes at the time, Morales said. Another suspect, Antonio Sanchez, 34, was arrested in San Jose on Oct. 10.

    Five days later, on Oct. 15, San Jose police patrol units arrested the sixth suspect, 25-year-old Olsen Garcia Sanchez, 25.

    The suspects were all arrested on suspicion of murder, except for Antonio Sanchez, who was taken into custody on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, Morales said.

    All six are expected to be charged with gang enhancements and the two boys will likely be tried as adults, Morales said.

    Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Davies or Detective Spears of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unitat (408) 277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867), or may visit: http://svcrimestoppers.org/. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.