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April 18, 2017 > Newark homicide suspect arrested

Newark homicide suspect arrested

Submitted By Cmdr. Mike Carroll, Newark PD

Four days after a man died from an apparent gunshot wound in a Newark shopping center parking lot, police have arrested a suspect.

On April 12 Newark Police announced the arrest of Josue Jaime Perez, 28, of Oakland. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail on various charges including suspicion of murder, murder committed during the commission of a robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The case started at about 12:33 p.m. Saturday, April 8 when Newark police responded to a report of a man down in the parking lot near a Grocery Outlet store at 36601 Newark Blvd. The victim, later identified by police as Roque Leonel Valencia, 29, of Union City was suffering from an apparent gunshot would and was soon declared dead on the scene.

Newark police detectives are still investigating the incident as a homicide and not a random act.

Anyone who has information that might help with the investigation is asked to call Sgt. David Higbee in the Newark Police Department Investigations Unit at (510) 578-4962 or send an email to They also can contact Detective Jennifer Bloom at (510) 578-4931 or send an email to

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