GILROY -- A suspect in a 2011 San Jose homicide who was thought to be out of the country was arrested in Gilroy after a tipster told investigators he was in the city, authorities said.
Juan Martinez Hernandez, aka Juan Osornio Martinez, 56, was arrested Thursday, according to Gilroy and San Jose police. He was wanted in the killing of 52-year-old Irma Campos, who was found dead Aug. 26, 2011, in a vacant home in the 1200 block of Whitton Avenue, near Highway 101 and Interstate 280.
Investigators at the time suspected it to be a domestic violence-related killing and obtained an arrest warrant for Hernandez, a transient who was known to frequent downtown San Jose and sold fruit out of a push cart.
Hernandez was thought to have fled to Mexico after Campos' death, but on Tuesday, someone contacted Gilroy police and told them Hernandez was riding a bicycle near Church and First streets in that city. Officers responded but did not find him, and from that point on, Gilroy and San Jose police coordinated their efforts and distributed his photograph throughout the city.
On Thursday, someone who read a news item on the sighting called police to report a second sighting, which led officers to a vehicle carrying Hernandez on First Street, near where he was seen two days before.
Gilroy police said it appeared Hernandez was trying to settle into the community where he was arrested. He is being held without bail in Santa Clara County jail.