SAN JOSE, Calif – The San Jose Police Department has un-officially announced the arrest of 17-year-old Fidadelfo Silva Ortiz, who is being tried as an adult, and 23-year-old Daniel Alejandro Reyes, for the murder of 37-year-old Phuoc Hong Long Lam on May 6, 2014. Reyes was located and arrested in the City of Tracy on May 19. Ortiz was found in Oakdale and arrested May 23. The announcement was delayed due to the ongoing investigation.
The arrests came weeks after the initial investigation into a road rage incident that would leave Lam wounded on the side of the road, and the driver of the getaway car on the run. Lam later died at the hospital. San Jose Police tracked the suspects through surveillance video and eyewitness accounts near the scene along Senter Road near Tully Road in San Jose.
A near collision had caused two motorists to stop. Stepping out of their car, Lam and his wife began to walk toward the driver of silver Volkswagen Jetta that had nearly missed hitting their vehicle seconds before. The gunman, seeing the couple approach, aimed a loaded firearm out the car window and fired at Lam before fleeing the scene. It is not yet determined which of the two was the shooter, and which was the driver.
To help offset the injustice of this senseless crime, a SJPD Officer set up a crowd-funding account to help Lam’s wife and her two sons recover from their tragic loss. According to Press Information Officer Albert Morales, “While homicide detectives continue to work tirelessly to locate and arrest the suspect(s), other officers within the department expressed a desire to help”. The total amount raised to help the Lam family is more than $108,366.00. The goal was set at $150,000 to help with the funeral costs and urgent care needed for her two sons, a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old who has severe autism.
Morales said, “A group of San Jose Police Officer’s arranged for donations on behalf of the wife and two children who were orphaned as a result of the recent homicide”. Members of the public wishing to make a donation can still do so online at YouCaring.com.