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Suspect arrested in Laurel Road homicide investigation

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30-year-old Albaro Amaral arrested in connection to homicide on Laurel Road in mid-June.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KION) UPDATE 7/10/20: Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office have arrested a 30-year-old in connection to a homicide on Laurel Road in mid-June.

Albaro Amaro was arrested July 9 near his home in San Jose for the murder of 27-year-old Kevin Medina Lopez.

Amaral is also accused of shooting at two women who were initially persons of interest in the investigation.

Investigators were able to track down the two women and were told they were shot at by Amaral.

Amaral is booked in the Santa Cruz County Jail on murder and attempted murder charges.

UPDATE 6/26/2020 4 p.m. A San Jose man was shot and killed in the 17000 block of Laurel Road on June 14, and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of the victim.

He is identified as 27-year-old Kevin Medina-Lopez from San Jose.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Daniel Robbins at 831-454-7635.

PREVIOUS STORY: The death of a San Jose man in Santa Cruz County is being investigated as a homicide, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to the 17000 block of Laurel Road at around 8 p.m. Sunday after reports of a man with a gun, and when they got there, they found an unresponsive man who had been shot.

The 28-year-old victim from San Jose was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity will not be released until his family is notified.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office is looking for two witnesses described as women in their 40s who they believe were in the area at the time of the homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Daniel Robbins at 831-454-7635.

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Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.


1 Comment

  1. So, the SF police can no longer, or will no longer, release photos of arrestees, so citizens do not form racial stereotypes. I think it is one of the most offensive Big Brother moves that has ever taken place in America and should not stand. And here in Monterey County, we have the same sort of thing, above; yet another tough looking Hispanic male accused of murder or mayhem. Does this engender a racial divide? For me, NO. Does it engender a caution within me? Of course it does. It sends me a message of maybe where and whom to stay away from at various times and places. Is that ‘racism?
    No. Isn’t it my right to decide how I conduct my own life based on facts? Of course it is.
    It is right to depict Hispanic men on TV as generally dangerous? NO. Anymore than depicting Italians as mostly mafia. But showing the public FACTS, with no spin, is not racism, and it is indeed our right to know in a free country.

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