Update: Suspects arrested in homicide case
Update posted Aug. 20
Robert Joseph Garay, 28, San Luis Obispo
Gabriel Luis Garay, 21, San Luis Obispo
Nathaniel Alexander Jara, 21, Avila Beach
Yesterday, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Parkinson announced three arrests have been made in the homicide of 41-year-old Daniel Fuentes, Sr. of Oceano. The suspects are identified as 28-year-old Robert Joseph Garay of San Luis Obispo, 21-year-old Gabriel Luis Garay of San Luis Obispo, and 21-year-old Nathaniel Alexander Jara of Avila Beach.
The investigation began on April 3, 2019 when sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 2200 block of Beach Street in Oceano. When deputies arrived, they discovered Daniel Fuentes, Sr., deceased inside a home. It’s believed Fuentes knocked on the door of a neighbor’s house and when they opened the door Fuentes told the residents inside that he had been shot. Fuentes died shortly afterwards.
Over the course of the last four months, detectives were able to identify and arrest the three suspects in this case based on extensive follow-up investigative processes, tips from the public, and forensic evidence.
“This is the result of good, old-fashioned investigative work,” said Sheriff Parkinson. “I am extremely proud of our detectives who worked countless hours on this case which resulted in the arrests of three people.”
Detectives are calling this a gang related incident. All three suspects are identified as members of the Oceano 13 gang. The victim in this case was associated previously with known gang members.
The three suspects were already in San Luis Obispo County Jail on an unrelated case when detectives arrested them on murder charges on Friday.
Update posted April 6
Update: Victim identified in suspected homicide case
The Coroner’s Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as 41-year-old Daniel Fuentes, Sr. of Oceano.
Sheriff’s Detectives are asking those residents who live in that area who may have video footage from anytime during the night of April 2 to the morning of April 3 to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Possible sources of video may be home surveillance cameras or doorbell type cameras.
If you are a resident of those areas and you have video footage please contact the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 805-781-4500. Also, if you witnessed anything about the incident and have not already spoken to Detectives, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at that same number. Information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling (805) 549-STOP (7867) or through their website: www.slotips.org.
Original story posted April 3
–Early Wednesday morning at approximately 12:05 a.m., deputies from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 2200 block of Beach Street in Oceano.
When deputies arrived, they discovered a man deceased inside a home. It’s believed the victim knocked on the door of a neighbor’s house and when they opened the door the victim told the residents inside that he had been shot. The victim died shortly afterwards.
The sheriff’s office is conducting a full-scale investigation. Detectives and deputies are in the process of interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence.
It’s believed this is an isolated incident. There are no suspects at this time.
If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 805-781-4550 or information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling (805) 549-STOP (7867) or through their website: www.slotips.org.
No further information is available at this time.