5 Suspects in 2012 Teen Homicide Arrested 10-14-13 18:00 av
Five suspects were arrested today in a homicide that took place last year in Santa Cruz. 19-year old Andrew Carrera and four teens, all Watsonville residents, were taken into custody after 12-year old Joey Mendoza was shot to death on August 8th at the intersection of San Lorenzo Boulevard and Bixby Street. Police say Mendoza was standing on the sidewalk when he was confronted by a group of suspects in a car. During the confrontation, several shots were fired killing Mendoza. The investigation revealed the motivation for the homicide as gang related. Police expect to arrest a 6th suspect in the case sometime next week.