Fresno police said a debt of more than $30,000 worth of stripper fees may have lead to a man’s murder.
In a press conference Thursday Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said 29-year-old Randy Jones shot and killed a man who tried to collect on that debt.
The victim was 23-year-old Justin Garza.
According to Dyer, the two men met to do business last Sunday around 4 a.m. at a Motel 6.
“The reason for the meeting was very simple. Jones was at that location for the purpose of gaining services from a stripper company,” Dyer said.
He said Jones was looking for more “stripper services,” and Garza met him with a woman who would provide that, but also planned on collecting the large debt.
“It was determined that Randy Jones owed the owner of the business, the stripper company, an excess of $30,000 for past services,” Dyer said.
Police said Jones arrived in a cab, the two men talked in the parking lot, then Jones went back to the cab before walking back to Garza.
“It’s our understanding Garza believed he was going to be paid the money, but instead Jones then pulled out a handgun and began firing multiple times,” Dyer said.
Garza died on scene. Police said Jones then forced the cab driver to drive him to his Friant area home at gunpoint and made one last threat before leaving.
“He pointed the handgun at the taxi cab driver, pulled the trigger. Fortunately no bullets were in the gun. It was then that he loaded a magazine in the gun and told the taxi cab driver that if he told the police he would kill him,” Dyer said.
He also said the driver had feared for his life, and had been shot at work before, so he did not report the crime.
Dyer said surveillance video helped crack the case, and Jones was arrested and held on a parole violation the same day.
He’s now facing charges including murder, attempted murder, and kidnapping.
Dyer said he has a criminal history and was just released from prison in late January for multiple DUI convictions.