SAN JOSE — The San Jose Police Department has announced the arrest of 32-year old Robert Ruiz and 24-year-old Aaron Vallejo. The arrest comes just days after the stabbing death of 35-year-old Frank Navarro.
According to San Jose Police Department Press Information Officer Albert Morales, “Preliminary investigation revealed victim Navarro and co-workers were involved in an altercation with several individuals.” According to San Jose statistics, this was the city’s 6th homicide of the year.
Navarro was a security officer at the local restaurant Tres Gringos Cabo Cantina located on 2nd and San Fernando Street in San Jose. That night, the two suspects Ruiz and Vallejo began to fight with Navarro. As each suspect became more aggressive Navarro was stabbed.
However, eyewitnesses were quickly able to identify the suspects as they exited the premises in their vehicle. As emergency crews located Navarro, it was discovered that he had died at the scene due to his injuries.
According to police, responding SJPD paroling officers soon located the suspects and after a brief chase performed a felony stop, arresting both suspects. Charges have also been brought against the driver of the vehicle for fleeing the area of a crime, and felony evasion.
Navarro was a well-liked little league coach in San Jose. The news of the stabbing brought crowds of friends and family to the court house to watch as each suspect appeared in court for a brief bail hearing.
Both suspects are being held on a no-bail felony murder warrant at the Santa Clara County Main Jail North and are expected to appear in court on March 31, 2017, in Dept 39 at 1:30 PM.