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Carl Stephen Dubose arrested for alleged road rage murder of Perla Avina in Oakland

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Oakland police tracked down a man in Elk Grove suspected to be responsible for shooting and killing a 30-year-old mother of four in East Oakland last weekend, police said today. Carl Stephen Dubose, 20, of Oakland was arrested in Elk Grove after a standoff with police there Wednesday afternoon, Oakland police announced in a news conference this morning.

Dubose is believed to be responsible for the death of Perla Avina, who was shot in a possible road rage incident while riding in a black 1998 Toyota Camry in the 400 to 600 blocks of 98th Avenue just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday. There was a confrontation with another driver there who fired at the car, killing Avina. Oakland police Lt. John Lois said following media reports of her death, the department began receiving tips from the public about the case.

Officers also found evidence while canvassing for video surveillance in the neighborhood. The media was “instrumental” in helping investigators obtain leads, Lois said. Eventually, the department identified Dubose as a suspect and tracked him to an Elk Grove residence, Lois said. Oakland investigators contacted Elk Grove police at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and asked for assistance capturing the suspect in the 6900 block of March Way, Elk Grove police Officer Chris Trim said.

SWAT and hostage negotiation teams from the Elk Grove department and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office surrounded the residence and ordered the suspect outside. Shortly after 5 p.m., police moved an armored vehicle in and the suspect came out of the home and surrendered, Trim said. Oakland police took Dubose into custody. Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson said that investigators found a silver 2001 Volvo S40 registered to Dubose, believed to be the car he was driving during the shooting.

They also found the gun they believe he used to shoot Avina. Lois said today that it does not appear that Dubose knew Avina prior to the shooting. Investigators believe that all involved suspects have been taken into custody, he said. He released few details about the events leading up to the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation and saying since formal charges have not been filed, investigators “have to be cautious” releasing information.

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