SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A suspect was identified in the deadly June shooting of a San Jose wife and father of four and police said a reward was being offered for information leading to his arrest.
On the night of June 4, 33-year-old Marco Antonio Santos was shot and killed along the 4100 block of The Woods Drive in South San Jose following a clash.
On Tuesday, police said that while conducting the investigation, 27-year-old Uatesoni Joseph Paasi was identified as the prime suspect in the murder.
“This is a senseless murder,” San Jose Assistant Police Chief Paul Joseph said at a press conference Tuesday. “This murder happened in front of the victim’s wife and child. They understand the shaking, the concern, the anxiety and we need to give justice to this family and the community.”
Family members of the victim joined police at a press conference on Tuesday, including his mother who traveled from Mexico to attend, and pleaded with anyone who approached with information about the suspect.
“On June 4th, my husband’s life was taken away, leaving our four children and myself, almost,” said Santos ’wife, Sandra Santos in Spanish. “I ask everyone, please, if anyone knows, to report him, and have mercy on us because this is something that is very difficult for all of us.”
Paasi, a San Jose resident, fled the area and has an active warrant of arrest for homicide, police said. He has ties to the Peninsula, South Bay, East Bay, and the San Diego area. Paasi hails from Tonga and also has ties to Hawaii and Tonga.
“Please, I am asking for all of you to help find this person and so that he does not continue to do what he did to my son,” Santos ’mother said in Spanish. “Thank you so much, I appreciate it with all my heart.”
“Someone there knows something,” San Jose Police Sgt. Christian Camarillo. “Please provide information to the police so we can have justice and closure for our family here.”
Anyone with information is asked to Contact Detective Sergeant Lewis # 3161 or Detective Meeker # 3272 of the homicide unit at the San José Police Department at 408-277-5283.
Information may be submitted anonymously by using the P3TIPS mobile app, calling the tip line at (408) 947-STOP, or at http://www.svcrimestoppers.org. People who offer information that leads to an arrest are eligible for a cash reward from Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.