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.

 

VICTIM:

Daniel Barraza Gomez, age 39. His last address is not known at this time. Next-of-Kin notified.

 

SUSPECTS:

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.

 

Genaro Silva Vanessa Mendoza Christopher Alejo Sylvia Olivas
Genaro Silva Vanessa Mendoza Christopher Alejo Sylvia Olivas

 

 


 

 

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