Photo: Ronnie R. Martinez (L) and Phe N. Phan
LIVERMORE — Two men with long rap sheets and prior criminal convictions are now facing murder charges. Both suspects are being held in custody ineligible for release on bond, pending arraignment this week.
On May 7, Livermore police responded to a shooting at the Motel 6 located at 4673 Lassen Road. This shooting occurred a few minutes before midnight.
Officers found a 24-year-old man suffering from a severe gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a hospital, but he died shortly afterward.
Livermore detectives pursuing the investigation were able to quickly develop and follow up leads. They identified two suspects with violent backgrounds.
Detectives also learned they were located at a residence on the 2600 block of Lincoln Boulevard in Tracy. With assistance from Tracy PD, a Livermore police tactical team apprehended the two men on May 8. They remain in Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail.
Both suspects are Livermore residents, 29-year-old Ronnie R. Martinez, and 27- year-old Phe N. Phan. Martinez and Phan are each accused of committing first- degree murder.
Martinez was previously arrested numerous times. He has prior convictions for assault, possession of a firearm by a narcotics addict, and for drug dealing. In addition to stints in county jail, Martinez spent two years in state prison.
Similarly, Phan has been arrested and in out of county jail several times. He was also convicted and confined three years in state prison for making criminal threats.