Third suspect arrested in connection with Modesto homicide

etracy@modbee.comNovember 21, 2012 

— A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old boy in northwest Modesto last month.

Jeremy Anthony Romero, 31, joined co-defendants Santos Joseph Garcia Jr., 25, and Brian Storment, 18, in jail Tuesday.

The men are charged with the shooting death of Juan Velasquez, 15, in front of a home in the 2100 block of Conant Avenue on Oct. 18. They also are charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 23-year-old man who survived the attack.

Garcia and Storment were arrested about a week after the shooting, along with Stella Ann Estrada, 22, who was charged with harboring the defendants.

Investigators believed Romero fled the area, and possibly the state, after the shooting. They requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service's Fugitive Apprehension Team. Together, the two agencies worked on leads to locate Romero.

Tuesday, Modesto police investigators went to a residence in San Lorenzo and found Ro-mero at a relative's home. He was arrested without incident and returned to Modesto, where he was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters also can text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type "TIP704" along with your message.

Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at etracy@modbee.com or (209) 578-2366.

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