NYC murder suspect arrested after auto burglary patrol in San Mateo
PHOTOS: San Mateo PD
SAN MATEO — An investigation into suspicious activity at a known auto burglary hot spot resulted in the arrest of three individuals, two of whom turned out to have serious felony warrants out of New York.
Just before 4:30 PM on Tuesday, September 24, Crime Reduction Unit officials were patrolling the hot spot at 2920 South Norfolk Street when they observed four subjects loitering and watching the parking lot from their vehicle, which had been backed into a stall.
The officers watched as one subject exited the vehicle and began checking car door handles, even going as far as rummaging through one of the vehicles.
Officers then moved in and detained all four.
The group turned out to be in possession of an unreported stolen vehicle, as well as fraudulent documents and auto burglary tools.
One of them — identified as 21-year-old Steven Martinez of New York, NY — turned out to have an arrest warrant to his name for murder. He also faces charges of possession of burglary tools, possession of a narcotic, and providing a false identification to a peace officer.
Also arrested were 22-year-old Joel Figuereo and 24-year-old Justin Viloria, both of whom are also from New York City. Figuereo faces charges of possession of fraudulent documents and possession of burglary tools, and Viloria is in custody on a robbery warrant out of Napa County.
The trio were arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail. The fourth subject was released at the scene.