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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Richmond Man Arrested in Valentine's Day Double Slaying

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 11:34 AM

click image Shooting victim Julio Peraza. - GOFUNDME
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A Richmond man believed to be responsible for the double homicide at the Twin Peaks lookout on Valentine's Day is in custody in San Francisco, according to reports.

Richard Contreras, 19, was arrested in Richmond on Monday after a brief manhunt centering around an SUV he allegedly carjacked to flee from the scene, according to ABC-7.

Police had issued an advisory for citizens to be on the lookout for a gray GMC Yukon, stolen from unsuspecting tourists following the shooting at around 2 a.m. Sunday. That car was allegedly found parked around the corner from Contreras's Richmond home, SFist is reporting.

Contreras, who apparently has a rap sheet, is believed to have shot three men: Julio Peraza, 21, and Rene Mora, 19, both of Santa Rosa, and a third unidentified man who is still in the hospital. His condition is not known.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Peraza's funeral.

Police initially said the shooting was believed to be targeted and not random. Family members of one of the two victims, however, say that the young men were not involved in wrongdoing.

Mora's cousin, 21-year-old Roberto Mora, told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat he believes his younger cousin was "doing the tourist thing" when they encountered Contreras. 

The carjacking victims, meanwhile, told ABC-7 after hearing "popping sounds," they were approached by a suspect carrying a large firearm, who pointed the gun at them in order to remove them from the car and make his escape.

How the suspect got there in the first place without a ride remains to be seen.

The killings are San Francisco's third and fourth homicides of 2016.
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