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* Alfonso Martin Arrested for Allegedly Running Down and Killing Osvaldo Becerra Ortega in San Jose

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A San Jose man has been arrested after a man he allegedly struck with a vehicle during an argument died of his injuries, police said today. The suspect, Alfonso Martin, allegedly confronted the victim and several of his family members on April 15 shortly before 1 a.m. on the 2700 block of Baton Rouge Drive, according to police spokesman Officer Jose Garcia.

During the ensuing fight, Martin, 21, allegedly struck the victim, Osvaldo Becerra Ortega, with his vehicle and then fled the scene in a gray 1998 Jeep. Ortega, a 26-year-old San Jose resident, was transported to a hospital and remained hospitalized until he died of his injuries on April 20. At that point, the case became San Jose’s 10th homicide of the year, Garcia said.

Homicide investigators were able to identify Martin as the suspect and arrest him on assault with a deadly weapon charges. He remains in custody while prosecutors consider filing homicide charges. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call San Jose police at (408) 277-5283. Anonymous tips can be made by calling (408) 947-STOP (7867 or by going to svcrimestoppers.org.

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