A suspect who allegedly shot a man in the parking lot of a San Leandro mall in December at the height of the busy Christmas shopping season has been arrested in Texas, police said today. Authorities said the suspect shot the victim outside the Bayfair Center at 15555 E. 14th St. in San Leandro at about 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 after the two men apparently got into an argument. The man who was shot was taken to a local hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds but he survived, authorities said. San Leandro police said that they identified the shooting suspect as 25-year-old Jacob Travenia, formerly of Oakland, and developed information that he might be living in San Antonio, Texas.
They said detectives ultimately confirmed that Travenia was staying with Brandy Halsell, a female associate, in San Antonio and police officers there arrested both of them on Feb. 11. Travenia is being held on suspicion of attempted murder and Halsell, 20, is being held on suspicion of harboring a wanted felon, San Leandro police said. Travenia and Halsell are expected to be extradited back to Alameda County soon to appear in court, according to police.
San Leandro police spokesman Lt. Randall Brandt said in a statement, “This was a senseless act that occurred in a parking lot during holiday shopping. Our detectives were determined to identify the suspect and hold him accountable for his actions.” Brandt said, “This would not have been possible without the cooperation of several other law enforcement agencies.
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