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Detectives Arrest Two Men In Homicide Investigation
Hector Mendoza
Hector Mendoza

One man was taken into custody at his workplace in Riverbank on July 5, in connection with a homicide that occurred nearly six years ago.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department officials said the arrest stemmed from a case that originally occurred on Nov. 26, 2011.

Just after midnight on that day, deputies responded to a shooting in the parking lot of El Paraiso Bar at 1500 Crows Landing Road in Modesto. When deputies arrived, they found 22-year-old Samuel Gallardo with a gunshot wound. Gallardo was taken to a local hospital where he later died. In the initial investigation, detectives learned the suspects were Hispanic male adults around 18 to 25 years of age, and it appeared the shooting was gang-related.

Over the last six years detectives have continued to follow investigative leads and they were able to identify 26-year-old Jorge Delatorre, 28-year-old Hector Mendoza, 24-year-old Tony Macias and 27-year-old Tomas Solorio as suspects. Detectives obtained arrest warrants for all four suspects based off information they developed in their investigation.

On Wednesday, July 5 at about 8:50 a.m., detectives found Hector Mendoza at his place of employment in Riverbank, and he was arrested for murder and criminal conspiracy.

Previously, on June 18 at about 3 p.m., deputies found Jorge Delatorre at his residence in the 400 Block of Harriet Drive in Waterford. Delatorre was arrested for murder, criminal conspiracy, and participation in a criminal street gang.

Tomas Solorio and Tony Macias are still outstanding.

If you have any information on this investigation, call Detective Cory Brown at 209-567-4485.