Surveillance Video Aids in Murder Arrest

April 28, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Sheriff John Anderson said a television viewer who saw surveillance images that were released shortly after the murder helped lead authorities to the two suspects.The images were captured at the Chowchilla dairy barn where 18-year-old Alberto Ivan Torres had reported for his first day of work on January 19th. That's when deputies said two men shot Torres and one of his co-workers execution-style. Torres was killed, and the other man was injured.

About ten days later, the Sheriff's Department released images from a surveillance camera hoping the public would recognize the unusual multi-colored sweatshirt one of the men was wearing.

On Monday, Sheriff Anderson said someone did come forward and provide a tip that led them to the two suspects. "It brought forward a witness that said, 'I know a guy who had a sweatshirt like that.' Our detective then went to work to obtain search warrants."

The men who were arrested are 20-year-old Jesus Flores and 22-year-old Jose Ventura. Deputies said they also found the shotgun one of the men was carrying in the surveillance video, and they found a torn up piece of the multi-colored sweatshirt in a dog bowl at the home.

The motive for the murder is still unknown. The Madera County District Attorney said both men are on no-bail holds at the jail, and they will likely face first degree murder charges.


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