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PA raid nets suspect in Fremont homicide case

Hayward man arrested after police surround house on Wilton Avenue

Palo Alto police and a CHP helicopter provided backup assistance early Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 20) to Fremont police in arresting an 18-year-old man in the investigation of the highly publicized Feb. 16 wedding-reception homicide there.

The man is a Hayward resident, Fremont Detective Bill Veteran said.

The man was later identified as Jason Mejia, who had been cited in a traffic stop in Palo Alto two days earlier, Palo Alto Sgt. Sandra Brown said.

Officers surrounded a house at 245 Wilton Ave., near Park Boulevard, while Fremont detectives moved in, with the helicopter buzzing over the neighborhood south of Page Mill Road near El Camino Real.

Veteran said he did not know what connection Mejia had to the Wilton Avenue house. He also didn't know what specific charges were filed against Mejia.

"But there is a gang nexus" to the Feb. 16 shooting, Veteran added.

Words were exchanged during the wedding reception, Veteran said. A man left, returned with a gun and "fired several rounds" into a crowd of people. One person was killed and a second seriously wounded.

The police action in Palo Alto began shortly after 1 p.m. and included Palo Alto paramedics responding to the house because an older woman was experiencing respiratory distress, Brown said.

Veteran said Fremont officers were in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the Wilton Avenue house.

-- Don Kazak

Comments

Posted by Les, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Many thanks to the PAPD. Especially with the gang connections, I'm sure there are more of these situations than we care to think about. Unpredictable, dangerous work, performed by courageous people. Our respect and gratitude.


Posted by Niko, a resident of Ventura
on Feb 21, 2008 at 12:41 am

Why was the 2nd house searched?


Posted by Leah, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2008 at 10:59 am

Our thin blue line against the outside world came through for us again. - Thanks PAPD.


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