Suspicious Activity Now a Homicide with Suspects Arrested
March 24, 2013
The suspicious activity case that began on March 21, 2013 in the
1000 block of South San Jose has now been upgraded to a homicide
investigation. Four suspects have been arrested in connection
with the case and the body of the victim has been recovered from
a desert location.
For the past several days, Mesa Police detectives had been
trying to locate Vanessa Mendoza, who was the listed resident of
the apartment on San Jose where evidence of a struggle and blood
was found late last week. Mendoza was located in the early
morning hours at a home in Chandler, along with her boyfriend
Genaro Silva. Both were detained and transported for interviews.
Mendoza declined to answer any questions; however, Silva told
detectives that on the afternoon of March 15, 2013 he arrived
home to the apartment on San Jose where he found Mendoza and the
victim together. Silva said he grabbed a hammer and struck the
victim several times, ultimately killing him.
Sometime later that day, Sylvia Olivas (Mendoza's mother) and
Christopher Alejo arrived at the apartment. Alejo reportedly
stole money from the victim and then assisted Silva in rolling
the body in bedding to remove it from the apartment. The victim
was loaded into a vehicle and driven to a desert location on the
Salt River Pima Indian Community where it was placed in a dry
wash, covered in gasoline and set on fire. Silva gave
information on the location of the body and detectives were able
to locate and recover the remains. The suspects have all been
booked at this time.
Daniel Barraza Gomez, age 39. His last address is not known at
this time. Next-of-Kin notified.
Genaro Silva, age 31. Booked for one count of Second Degree
Murder, Hindering Prosecution and Concealment of a Dead Body.
Vanessa Mendoza, age 27. Booked for Hindering Prosecution and
Concealment of a Dead Body
Christopher Alejo, age 43. Booked for Robbery, Hindering
Prosecution and Concealment of a Dead Body
Sylvia Olivas, age 44. Booked for Concealment of a Dead Body.