FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KPGE) – A Fresno man has been arrested in Indiana in connection to a 2020 homicide in central Fresno, according to Fresno Police Department officials.
“Our suspect in this case is Bulldog affiliated,” said Lt. Larry Bowlan.
On Dec. 23, 2020, around 7:30 p.m., officers responded to an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Fruit Avenue regarding a ShotSpotter activation of seven rounds.
As officers were responding to the scene, officials say dispatch received multiple 911 calls about a shooting victim in the area.
Upon arrival, police say they located Philip Ozuna, 37 of Fresno, on the ground suffering from several gunshot wounds.
According to officials, Ozuna was transported to a local hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead by medical personnel shortly after.
Homicide detectives investigating the incident say Abel Echartea, 32 of Fresno, was identified as the person responsible for Ozuna’s death and obtained an arrest warrant for Echartea after learning he had potentially fled the state.
On Tuesday, authorities say members of the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force had located and arrested Echartea in Marion, Indiana.
According to officials, Echartea, who was a gang member, was booked into the Grant County Jail.
Police say Echartea is currently waiting to be extradited back to Fresno County and that this is an ongoing investigation.
Fresno Police Department added Echartea was also a person of interest in a 2016 case involving the murder of a Fresno mom in front of her two children. However, ultimately no charges were filed on him for the murder. The case remains open.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fresno Police Department at (559) 621-7000.