Arrests made in taking pictures deaths of Santa Rosa teenagers, 14-year-old accused of taking pictures

(KRON) — A complete of seven individuals have been arrested in reference to the taking pictures deaths of two 15-year-olds in Santa Rosa, in response to the Santa Rosa Police Division. Each killings occurred in June, and police imagine each are gang-related. One of many suspected shooters is a 14-year-old boy, and the opposite is a 21-year-old man who was arrested in Las Vegas.

Corby Avenue murder

On June 16, police discovered a 15-year-old boy in a car parking zone on the 2300 block of Corby Ave. He later died at a hospital.

A police investigation revealed {that a} group of younger males have been standing within the car parking zone when somebody opened fireplace on them. The suspect fled the scene in an SUV.

On June 22, police introduced the arrests of three suspects — a 14-year-old lady, a 17-year-old boy and 23-year-old Anthony Vega-Rodriguez of Santa Rosa. None are believed to be the shooter.

Police arrested the suspected shooter, 21-year-old Kobi Benjamin of Santa Rosa, in Las Vegas on Monday evening. The Las Vegas Police Division helped SRPD arrest him at an area residence.

Benjamin can be extradited to Sonoma County within the subsequent few weeks. There are not any different suspects, per SRPD.

Blacksmith Manner murder

One other 15-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday on the 2000 block of Blacksmith Manner. Police discovered the sufferer mendacity within the roadway, and he died Sunday evening at a hospital.

Police mentioned two “small teams of males” obtained into an argument, and at the very least one individual from every group started taking pictures.

On Monday at about 5 p.m., SRPD served a search warrant on the five hundred block of Southwood Drive and arrested three juvenile suspects. All three have been arrested on murder prices.

The suspected shooter is a 14-year-old boy. The opposite suspects are a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy. All three are from Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa youth violence

SRPD launched murder knowledge on Tuesday, which confirmed that 4 of the 5 homicides within the metropolis in 2023 concerned juveniles. Three of these killed have been youngsters.

One notable youth killing occurred at Montgomery Excessive Faculty on March 1. A scholar allegedly stabbed 16-year-old Jayden Pienta to dying inside an artwork class.

SRPD says it has seen a number of cases of rival gang members combating on faculty campuses. Tensions between rival gangs generally escalate on-line and boil over into violence, in response to police. 

To unravel this, SRPD plans to start out a gang activity power with 4 detectives that can work with youths to stop gang violence.

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