Photo: Josue Adalberto Corea-Vasquez
MAMMOTH LAKES – An arrest was made on January 30 after three years of investigation into a murder that occurred on October 9, 2016.
28-year-old Josue Adalberto Corea-Vasquez was arrested for the murder of Jose Omar Hernandez Sanchez.
The victim was Vasquez’ supervisor at Vons and had been engaged in an ongoing dispute with the suspect, to the point where the attack was planned out.
As Sanchez was leaving for a graveyard shift, the shooter waited for him outside of his house with an assault rifle and fired numerous rounds killing him.
For the next three years the Office of the District Attorney continued its investigation and received hundreds of tips and numerous items of evidence.
Then, new evidence this past year led to the identification of Corea-Vasquez as the suspect.
At the time of the arrest new evidence was collected and the location of the assault rifle was obtained.
The suspect is being held on a no-bail warrant on a charge of special circumstance first degree murder and the D.A. “will decide whether to seek the death penalty in the coming months.”
A second person was also arrested – 29-year-old Eliud Corea-Vasquez, brother of the shooter. He is being held for burial of the firearm and other evidence to assist in covering up his brother’s crime. He is being held with a $500,000 bail.
The D.A.’s Office reminds the community that they actively investigate “cold” crimes and thanks the assistance of the public with information in such cases.