SANTA CRUZ -- Santa Cruz police Wednesday released a photo and more information on a 30-year-old man suspected in a 2010 double homicide.
Juvenal Lainez is accused of collaborating with 20-year-old Jaime Edgardo Galdamez Guevara in the shooting of 18-year-old Oscar Ventura and 21-year-old Alejandro Nava-Gonzalez.
The shooting took place in a Canfield Street apartment on Jan. 23, 2010 and police suspected Lainez a few months later.
They believe Lainez fled to El Salvador but now might be back in the United States.
"We're hoping some fresh leads come through. Maybe he's traveled to the states through a new identity," Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said Wednesday.
He declined to elaborate on Lainez' alleged involvement in the homicides.
Guevara has been in Santa Cruz County Jail awaiting trial for the pair's murder. Guevara of Live Oak is due in court Thursday for a receipt of records hearing. He is scheduled for a Feb. 25 trial.
In Guevara's preliminary hearing, prosecutors said the shooting was prompted by an argument about a small amount of money.
Lainez has been arrested several times for drug related offenses in Santa Cruz, Clark said.
Police put him on the county's Most Wanted list this week and posted his photo the Santa Cruz police blog to stimulate new tips. The photo of Lainez was taken in 2009.
Lainez is 5 feet, 8 inches and about 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Police said they have worked with Salvadoran authorities to try to extradite Lainez in the past.
"We're hoping that someone has seen him recently if he's come up from El Salvador and is in the states," Clark said. "We're just constantly taking a look at these older suspects."
Santa Cruz police ask anyone with information to call investigations at 831-420-5820, the anonymous tip line at 831-420-5995 or leave a tip at www.santacruzpolice.com or by the mobile application at http://m.santacruzpolice.com.
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