Crime

Suspect in 2008 Modesto homicide identified

A suspect of a more than 3-year-old homicide was booked into Stanislaus County Jail Wednesday. Adrian Solorio was 17 when he allegedly shot and killed Jose Ceja, 55, in his east Modesto home on April 9, 2008, according to Modesto Police Lt. Rick Armendariz. (Modesto Police Department)
A suspect of a more than 3-year-old homicide was booked into Stanislaus County Jail Wednesday. Adrian Solorio was 17 when he allegedly shot and killed Jose Ceja, 55, in his east Modesto home on April 9, 2008, according to Modesto Police Lt. Rick Armendariz. (Modesto Police Department)

A man is being held in the Stanislaus County Jail in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred more than three years ago, Modesto police reported Wednesday.

Adrian Solorio was 17 when Jose Ceja, 55, was gunned down in his east Modesto home April 9, 2008, according to Modesto police Lt. Rick Armendariz.

Solorio, now 20, reportedly knocked on Ceja's door at 11:15 p.m. the night of the shooting. The victim was shot to death shortly after he answered, police said.

Investigators have said they believe Solorio was with several other people who have not yet been identified, Armendariz said.

Also in the home at the time of the shooting was Ceja's 38-year-old female roommate, her two sons, ages 10 and 13, and a 22-year-old man.

Modesto police said at the time that the crime appeared to be drug-related because "significant quantities of drugs" were found during a search of the home. Armendariz said Wednesday the motive also appears to be gang-related and a gang enhancement likely will be added to the case.

In late 2010, detectives received an anonymous tip about the slaying.

It led them to Solorio's home in the 600 block of California Avenue, Armendariz said.

During a search of the home, police found an assault rifle and arrested Solorio on a weapons possession charge.

The weapon was sent to the Department of Justice for ballistics testing. Officials recently determined that the assault rifle was a match to the weapon that killed Ceja.

Solorio, who had been in custody since December on the weapons charge, was rebooked Wednesday in connection with the murder.

If you have information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers are eligible for a reward. Tipsters can text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a message to 274637 and typing "TIP704."

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

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