SAN JOSE -- Authorities have made two out-of-county arrests -- spanning Northern California and Washington -- in separate San Jose gang killings from last year, including one that involved the beating and execution of a 16-year-old boy, the San Jose Police Department announced Tuesday.
The most recent arrest occurred Friday in the Humboldt County city of Fortuna, when Andrew Daniel Rodriguez, 20, of Hayward, was spotted by local police who recognized him from an arrest warrant issued in Santa Clara County.
His arrest involves the killing of 20-year-old Pedro Meza Hernandez, who was shot in the head the night of Nov. 15 while driving a pickup near a shopping center at West San Carlos Street and Leigh Avenue. Police said Hernandez was involved in a "disturbance" with the occupants of another vehicle when shots rang out.
Rodriguez was booked into Humboldt County jail and is expected to be taken back to Santa Clara County this week, said Officer Albert Morales, a spokesman for SJPD.
In an unrelated case, police in Lakewood, Wash., on Jan. 8 arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the June 19 killing of 16-year-old Manuel Urzua in a neighborhood near Virginia Avenue and King Road. The arrest is the seventh made in connection with the killing, in which the victim was mercilessly beaten by a gang mob and then shot in the head execution style.
The juvenile suspect, who was living in Lakewood, awaits extradition back to San Jose, his hometown.
The Hernandez and Urzua killings accounted for two of the 10 known gang-related homicides recorded in 2013.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.