ABOVE: Ruben Perez (L) and Joseph Pando (R) | Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department
Authorities in California and Oregon have arrested two people in connection to the murder of 16-year-old Evan Robinson of Modesto.
According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Robinson was shot to death on May 2nd near the intersection of Martha Avenue and 7th Street in Keyes. Detectives suspected that it had been the result of a physical altercation which had ultimately escalated to gunfire, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Not long after the shooting, detectives identified 19-year-old Ruben Perez — who was already on active probation for a juvenile firearm conviction — as the suspected shooter.
Perez was taken into custody without incident on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 16, as he arrived for an occupational preparedness class at the Stanislaus County Day Reporting Center in Modesto.
The next day, a second suspect — identified as 22-year-old Joseph Pando — was arrested during a traffic stop in Medford, Oregon. His role in the shooting is unclear, but authorities say there was a homicide warrant out of Stanislaus County to his name by the time of his arrest.
Pando remains in custody and is awaiting extradition to California.