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Roque Moravillalobos and Juan Casas Arrested for Alleged Gang-Related Murder of David Escalera in San Jose


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Two new suspects have been arrested in the gang-related shooting death of a man in East San Jose in July, police said today. On Aug. 30, San Jose police arrested 20-year-old Roque Moravillalobos and last Thursday took Juan Casas, 23, into custody, both on suspicion of killing 22-year-old David Escalera, police Officer Albert Morales said.

At 3:40 p.m. on July 28, San Jose police were called to investigate a shooting in the 200 block of Gramercy Place, where they found a wounded man later identified as Escalera, according to police. He was shot multiple times and died soon afterward at a hospital, police said. The next day, police arrested German Alexis Arjona, 19, of San Jose, in connection with the murder, police said.

Then on Aug. 14, officers arrested 16-year-old Carlos Vargas, of San Jose, on suspicion of homicide with a gang enhancement while he was already incarcerated in Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall on an unrelated charge, Morales said. Vargas was later transferred to the Santa Clara County Main Jail after the district attorney’s office charged him as an adult, Morales said. Police detectives believe the killing was related to criminal street gang activity.

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