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Monday, August 22, 2011

Safe Streets Task Force Makes Two Arrests in Cold Case Homicide

Two men were arrested by the Santa Clara County Violent Gang Task Force (SCCVGTF) last Friday for their role in a 2004 Mountain View, California cold case homicide, announced Stephanie Douglas, Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s San Francisco Field Office.

Anthony Figueroa, 23, was arrested for murder. Arthur Figueroa, 49, was arrested on a charge of perjury. The son and father are residents of Mountain View and are also receiving gang enhancements. Both were arrested without incident.

On September 24, 2004 at about 10:30 p.m., 17-year-old Alejandro “Alex” Fernandez was walking with friends in the 500 block of S. Rengstorff Ave. when five subjects pulled up in a car.

As Fernandez approached the car, which was driven by Anthony, passenger Giovanni Duarte, who is currently in custody, shot Fernandez in the chest. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The shooting was gang related.

The arrests were made based upon state charges and the case is being prosecuted by Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Frank Carrubba.

These arrests follow that of Duarte, 24, of Mountain View, who was arrested on March 23, 2011 for the murder with a gang enhancement.

The SCCVGTF, which is a part of the FBI’s Safe Streets program, began investigating this case in January 2010. The task force consists of law enforcement personnel from FBI San Francisco, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, the Mountain View Police Department, and San Jose Police Department.

Safe Streets is an FBI-sponsored task force that combats violent street crime as well as gang and drug trafficking offenses.

Media Contacts:

For more information on the cold case, contact Mountain View Police Department Public Information Officer Liz Wylie at 650-996-2771.

For information on the prosecution, please contact the Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Frank Carrubba at 408-792-2611.

For information on the Safe Streets Task Force, call Public Affairs Specialist Julianne Sohn, FBI San Francisco at 415-553-7450.

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