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December 18, 2012 > Newark Police Detectives arrest murder suspects

Newark Police Detectives arrest murder suspects

Submitted By Newark PD


The Newark Police Department Detective Division has been working tirelessly on this case for the past two years. They have written numerous search warrants, conducted hundreds of interviews, and have been working with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in an effort to arrest those people responsible for the death of Justice Afoa.

On December 10, 2012, Daniela Guzman, Rafael Tovar, and Daniel Howard were arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail for Murder.

Investigators obtained confessions from two of the suspects where they identified Justice Afoa as their intended target. They admitted to their involvement in the crime and the motivation behind the murder. The investigation revealed that this was not a random incident, but a premeditated and deliberate attack in retaliation for a previous incident several months prior.

This homicide investigation has been a high priority for the police department for the past two years and we appreciate the diligence and efforts of the detective division and the support of the community. We are especially grateful for the assistance of the Alameda County District Attorney's Gang Unit with this complex and difficult investigation.

The case has been referred to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office at this time.

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