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Armando Carranza and Abraham Ramirez Arroyo Plead Not Guilty to Alleged Murder of Felix Garduno-Vega in Half Moon Bay Shooting

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Two men pleaded not guilty Thursday to a murder charge stemming from the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man in Half Moon Bay in August. Armando Carranza, 35, and Abraham Ramirez Arroyo, 19, face murder charges with gang enhancements and a charge of evading police in the fatal shooting of Felix Garduno-Vega at an apartment complex in the 400 block of Oak Avenue on Aug. 29, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Sheriff’s officials said the shooting occurred after Carranza and Arroyo, both allegedly members of a Surenos gang, went to a house party around 8:30 p.m. where they summoned the victim outside.

After a verbal argument between Carranza and Garduno-Vega, sheriff’s officials said Arroyo shot him twice with a .380 handgun before fleeing in Carranza’s vehicle.

On Sept. 1, the sheriff’s office reported the arrest of Carranza, a Hayward resident, after he surrendered to deputies. Arroyo, a Redwood City resident, was arrested by sheriff’s detectives on Sept. 8 in Ivanhoe in Tulare County. According to sheriff’s officials, the murder weapon was found in a car Arroyo allegedly abandoned after a police pursuit.

Both Carranza and Arroyo are scheduled to return San Mateo County Superior Court on April 18 for a preliminary hearing.

They remain in custody without bail.

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