Illegal immigrant with known gang ties arrested in California woman's murder

Illegal immigrant with known gang ties arrested in California woman’s murder

An illegal immigrant with known gang ties and an extensive criminal history has been arrested by Police in California in the February killing of a San Jose woman.

24-year-old Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza was arrested Monday night in connection with the murder of 59-year-old Bambi Larson.


Bambi Larson

Police say Carranza stalked Larson before stabbing her to death.

Larson, who is a systems manager in San Jose, did not turn up for work on Feb. 28 which alarmed her co-workers, who contacted her son to alert him.

Larson’s son and a co-worker went to 900 block of Knollfield Way where she lives around 1:45 p.m. and discovered her body in the bedroom, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said.

When Police arrived they found Larson suffering from multiple stab wounds, multiple lacerations to her body and blunt force trauma. They also recovered a bloodied towel and footprints from the scene near a sliding door.

Garcia said that police went through hours of video surveillance from the neighborhood and were able to find the suspect.

“The home security cameras showed an unidentified male wearing a backpack, pants and a long-sleeve sweater or shirt as he approached and later left the victim’s residence.”

But, poor video quality didn’t help police from making a positive ID but they did trace the suspect’s path and eventually found a T-shirt containing DNA from the victim and the suspect.

Finding the suspect

On March 10, a man identified as Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and was taken in by San Jose police for processing, and a DNA sample was obtained.

But, because the DNA results from Bambi Larson’s case had not come back yet, the connection was not made and Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza was released.

When the results finally came in on Monday, police tracked down and arrested Carranza, who was on probation at the time of the murder and had Larson’s phone and e-reader in his possession.


Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza

Gang ties and a long history of crime

“The suspect, Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza , stalked this San Jose neighborhood and his victim. He is a San Jose transient … and is a self-admitted gang member.”

Garcia didn’t name the gang but listed the extensive criminal history of Carranza, who had six separate detainer requests against him via Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

According to Garcia, the suspect was detained by the Department of Homeland Security at the border in Texas and deported in 2013. Then two years later he was arrested and accused of possession of paraphernalia and convicted of burglary in San Jose.

In 2016 he was arrested on charges of battery of an officer, resisting arrest and entering and occupying a property. In OctoberThat same year,, Carranza was arrested in Los Angeles on battery charges.

Before the murder of Larson, he was arrested – in January – on charges of possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

Despite having those six detainers placed on him by ICE, Carranza was never deported.

The San Jose Police Officers’ Association issued a statement calling the legal system “broken.” “When it comes to policing, there’s a distinct difference between a Dreamer who commits a victimless crime and a violent serial sexual predator with multiple offenses. Our society must recognize there’s a difference between someone who is trying to make ends meet for their family, and a self-admitted gang member, a monster who brutally murders an innocent woman in her own home.”

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