Authorities early Tuesday arrested a Waterford man they believe shot one man and was involved in the hit-and-run death of another.
Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jose Esquivias, 25, after spotting him on South Ninth Street, homicide Sgt. Jon McQueary said.
Police in Oakdale had issued a warrant for Esquivias’ arrest in connection with a July 14 shooting at a convenience store on West F Street. William Hernandez, 27, was with his 15-year-old cousin making a purchase at the store. As Hernandez walked outside, a male inside a parked sport utility vehicle yelled gang slang “sur trece” and fired a single shot from a revolver, police said.
Sheriff’s deputies also had been looking for Esquivias in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident Dec. 29. Blake Barry, 20, of Oakdale died after being hit by a car while leaving a rowdy party on E Street in Waterford.
People in the area of the party reported hearing gunshots just before Barry was hit; it is not clear whether the two were connected. Authorities classified Barry’s death as a homicide.
Esquivias’ name came up during the investigation into the incident, McQueary said. “He was investigated as being either a witness or involved party.”
Tuesday, deputies saw Esquivias speeding down South Ninth Street and conducted a traffic stop, McQueary said. According to authorities, Esquivias initially gave a false name, but a deputy recognized him.
He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges that include attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Investigators ask anyone with information on the Waterford case to call Stanislaus County sheriff’s Detective Greg Buck at (209) 525-7103 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.