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Homicide Investigation: January 16, 2016, 300 block El Cajon Dr.
Filed under Press Release, on 1/27/2016 2:40:00 PM by Author: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936.

TYPE OF CRIME: Homicide CASE NUMBER: 16-016-0314
LOCATION: 300 block El Cajon Dr., San Jose
VICTIM:  Withheld AGE: 2 years-old
ADDRESS: San Jose Resident
SUSPECT: Manuel Lopez
AGE: 22 years-old
ADDRESS: San Jose Resident

Manuel Lopez

San Jose:   On Saturday, January 16, 2016, at 9:41 AM, San Jose police officers responded to the 300 block of El Cajon Dr. in San Jose on a report of a possible dead child. The 2 year-old male child was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The Santa Clara County Child Death Protocol was activated and the following personnel responded to the scene: SJPD Homicide Unit; Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney, Investigator, Coroner, and Child Protective Services.    

Initial observations indicated the child had died as a result of a homicide and had been sexually assaulted which was confirmed by an autopsy. Homicide detectives and Crime Scene investigators conducted an extensive investigation.

On January 25, 2016, Homicide detectives determined suspect Lopez, the victim's mother's boyfriend, was responsible for the death and sexual assault of the child. A warrant was obtained and suspect Lopez was arrested on January 26, 2016, in San Jose.

Suspect Lopez was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for murder and child molest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Pat Guire or Detective Ken Tran of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283.     

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867), or click the "Submit a Tip" link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.


BY: Sgt. Enrique Garcia #2936 AUTHORIZED BY: Lt. Paul Spagnoli #2924
DATE: 1/27/16 TIME: 11:30 AM DATE: 1/27/16 TIME: 1:45 PM


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