Crime

Arrests made in Santa Barbara New Year's Day murder

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Police Department has made two arrests in the shooting murder of 24-year-old Jesus Armando Reyes in the Downtown Santa Barbara area on New Year's Day, and are currently searching for a third suspect.

The shooting in the 200 block of W. Victoria Street on New Year's Day also injured Tomas Garduno Arzate, 19, of Goleta, and led to residents being on lockdown for hours on two separate days as police gathered evidence and became involved in a standoff with potential suspects.

On January 12, detectives arrested 25-year-old Adrian Ramon Campos at his Goleta home for accessory to murder and unrelated drug charges. He was formally charged by the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office on Wednesday.

On January 14, police arrested 30-year-old Santa Barbara resident Brian Charles Ruiz for the murder of Jesus Reyes and attempted murder of Thomas Arzate. He was captured at the San Ysidro, California border crossing. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office released the following statement:

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today [January 17, 2018] that Brian Charles Ruiz has been charged with the January 1, 2018 murder of Jesus Reyes.

It is further alleged that Brian Charles Ruiz personally and intentionally discharged a firearm causing death and that he intentionally killed Jesus Reyes while an active participant in a criminal street gang. 

Brian Charles Ruiz has also been charged with the attempted murder of a separate victim on January 1, 2018, and it is further alleged, as to the second victim, that Brian Charles Ruiz personally and intentionally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury.

Investigators are currently looking for 25-year-old Joel Angel Campos for murder and attempted murder. He's the brother of Adrian Campos.

Joel Campos is described as a Hispanic male adult, 5-feet 8-inches tall, 190 pounds, with shaved brown hair and brown eyes. Police say Campos also has tattoos that include "Santa" and "Barbara" on the outside of his left and right arms, respectively. He has ties to the Santa Barbara area, Lompoc, and the Visalia area.

Santa Barbara police say more arrests are likely to follow for accessory to murder as the investigation leads them to identify those that aided both Ruiz and Joel Campos in evading capture.

Anyone with information regarding this case, whereabouts of Joel Campos, or information leading to the identity of those aiding and abetting either Ruiz or Joel Campos, are asked to contact the Santa Barbara Police Department at 805-897-2427.

Ruiz and Adrian Campos are scheduled to be arraigned in court on Jan. 17.


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