After six California family members, including a teen mother and her infant child, were killed “execution style,” more than 100 law enforcement agents were deployed to arrest the suspects Friday.
(Video: Fox 11)
On Jan. 16, around 4 a.m. first responders arrived on scene at a home in Goshen, California, between Fresno and Bakersfield, to find six fatally wounded gunshot victims that included Rosa Parraz, 72; Eladio Parraz, Jr., 52; Jennifer Analla, 49; Marcos Parraz, 19; Alissa Parraz, 16; and her 10-month-old child Nycholas Parraz.
According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO), the forensics team was able to collect evidence at the scene to connect 25-year-old Noah David Beard and 35-year-old Angel “Nanu” Uriarte, members of the Norteño gang, to the “execution style” killings.
As part of Operation Nightmare, 10 days of observation by authorities culminated in “more than 100 detectives, officers and agents from local and federal agencies, [executing] search warrants at three locations.” The statement from the sheriff’s office included surveillance from the Parraz household and a 911 call from Alissa begging for help after her boyfriend Marcos had been shot in the stomach.
“Hold on, baby. Hold on, please,” she could be heard saying at one point as he also told the dispatcher, “They’re coming back. They’re coming back in … Hurry!”
Footage from outside the building showed the young mother attempting to escape, setting her son on the other side of a fence before fleeing over a separate fence with the suspects not too far behind. Police reports indicated that she had circled around to collect her baby as she was found holding him in her arms, both having been shot in the head at close range.
Beard was reportedly arrested without incident. However, Uriarte reportedly engaged in a shootout with Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agents and was struck in the torso. He is expected to survive.
“I’m happy we were able to put these men behind bars,” TCSO Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said of the arrests of Beard and Uriarte who were described as “validated Norteño gang members” facing multiple murder charges each.
The investigation that led to the two arrests included the execution of search warrants at eight inmate cells across five separate correctional facilities said to be associated with the Nuestra Familia prison gang.
“Although the motive is still not clear,” the Tulare County Sheriff’s office explained, “Detectives have determined that two members of the Parraz family were well known validated Sureño gang members, in the town of Goshen, which is a predominantly Norteño town.”
The investigation remains ongoing and in the meantime, the statement from TCSO included a note from Boudreaux commending “the men and women from each agency, local and federal, that spent countless hours and worked day and night to break this case.”
Though a motive has yet to be determined, Boudreaux did recently join Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” where he expressed “These types of things with our unsecured open border, with our soft-on-crime approach here in California, this is the result of some of that failed policy.”
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