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Friday, April 8, 2011

Owner of Oakland's Otaez Mexicatessen Killed in Apparent Robbery Attempt

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM

click to enlarge Otaez owner Jesus "Chuy" Campos, fatally shot this morning in Oakland. - RAY CHAVEZ/OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 2000
  • Ray Chavez/Oakland Tribune, 2000
  • Otaez owner Jesus "Chuy" Campos, fatally shot this morning in Oakland.

The Oakland Tribune is reporting that Jesus Campos, owner of Oakland's Otaez Mexicatessen, was shot and killed this morning in what authorities believe was an attempted robbery. From the Trib:

Jesus "Chuy" Campos was shot at 5:36 a.m. outside the 39th Avenue service entrance to Otaez Mexicatessen.... The gunman fled before police arrived. Campos, who lives just a few houses away, was there helping with preparations for a 6 a.m. breakfast serving.
The Otaez Mexicatessen, at 3872 International (at 39th Ave.), is an anchor of Fruitvale's Mexican food scene, a place spilling over with families slurping birria and menudo on weekends. Campos launched the Mexicatessen in 1986. He opened the much grander Otaez restaurant in Alameda in 2006, and a smaller branch last year at Oakland International Airport.

Again from the Trib:

On Friday morning, Campos was beginning what was his daily routine. Family members say he would wake up shortly after 5 a.m. each weekday, walk the short distance to his restaurant and unlock the door so that workers could begin their preparations. Then, he would drive to his ranch in the Palomares Canyon south of Castro Valley, feed the animals and pour himself a cup of pajarete ― a drink made of fresh milk, chocolate, coffee and a dash of alcohol. He would return to Oakland to pick up his grandson and take him to school and would be back at Otaez by 10 a.m., spending most of the day at the restaurant until it closed at 9 p.m.
Oakland police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the killer's arrest.

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