BARSTOW • Police have located and arrested another suspect for the 2009 slaying of a Barstow gang member.
Tomas Quintana, 26, was arrested by police at a relatives home in the Fresno area on Thursday. Quintana is the third suspect arrested in the May 16, 2009 slaying of Gilbert Chavez, 28. Police arrested and charged Rolando Gamez, 33, and Claudio Jimenez, 32 with Chavez's murder in September.
Chavez's body was found in a vacant desert area southwest of P Street and Linda Vista Road in the Barstow Heights area shortly after his death.
According to Barstow police reports, three additional suspects are under review by the district attorney's office.
Barstow police Sgt. Andy Espinoza Sr. said that according to witnesses, Chavez was killed by members of his own gang after the gang feared retaliation from a stronger "prison gang" for a theft in Hesperia blamed on Chavez. According to Espinoza, interviews with witnesses over the past 16 months led to the arrests and the warrant.
Contact the writer:
(760) 256-4126 or firstname.lastname@example.org