Suspect arrested in 2017 homicide of 16-year-old boy, Selma Police say

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A suspect has been arrested in the 2017 shooting death of a 16-year-old boy, the Selma Police Department announced Thursday.

On April 16, 2017, at 12:41a.m., Selma Police officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 2400 block of Sarah Circle.

Officers discovered two people struck by gunfire, including 16-year-old Robert Jared Hernandez, who later died from his injuries.

An investigation pointed to Pete “Chepo” Garcia, 21, as the suspect, police said. He’s a gang member.

Police say Garcia followed the victims as they left a party in the area and fired several shots from across the street, striking Robert and a second victim who survived.

During the initial investigation, Garcia was identified as the suspect, but additional information was needed to file charges, police said.

Working for several months with the District Attorney’s Office investigative unit, police detectives pursued leads in the case, and they were able to gather the needed corroborating information to charge Garcia, who was currently already in custody for other, non-related crimes.

He was charged in Robert’s murder.

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