SAN JOSE. Police said they had identified and were looking for a murder suspect after a man was shot and killed in front of his wife and two children four months ago.
Watesoni Joseph Paasi, 27, from San Jose, was identified by police as the prime suspect in the murder of 33-year-old Marco Antonio Santos from San Jose on June 4. Authorities said Santos was pronounced dead at 4,100 sq. had at least one gunshot wound.
Santos was involved in a dispute at an apartment complex and was killed in front of his wife and two children, Assistant Police Chief Paul Joseph said at a news conference on Tuesday. The victim’s family reported that Santos died on his birthday. The four children of Santos are between the ages of 6 and 15.
“While this person is at large, another family may be grieved and lost, like this family,” said Joseph. “Not only do we want to arrest him to get justice in this case, we want to make sure no one else has to suffer the way the Santos family is suffering.”
According to Joseph, the weapons involved in the shootout were not found and Paasi should be considered armed and dangerous. The police do not know if the victim and the suspect knew each other.
According to police, Passy fled the scene and has an arrest warrant for murder. Passy is associated with the Peninsula, South Bay, East Bay and the San Diego area, as well as Tonga and Hawaii.
“This suspect took my husband’s life,” said Sandra Santos, the victim’s 16-year-old wife. “He left behind not only me, but also our children. We miss him very much and want justice to be done for my husband. “
According to his family, Santos was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 2006. Santos lived in the Bay Area for about 15 years.
“We estimate that someone is helping the suspect,” said San Jose Police Public Information Officer Steve Aponte. “If the vision of the family today changes the opinion of one person, it is a victory for us, and a victory for the family, and justice will be observed.”
The death was the 28th murder in a year investigated by the San Jose police. There were 37 murders in San Jose, including nine in the VTA mass shooting, which was being investigated by the Santa Clara County Sheriff.
Anyone with information can contact the San Jose Police Department Homicide Section at 408-277-5283. Crime clues can be sent to the Silicon Valley Crime Service by calling 408-947-STOP or svcrimestoppers.org. A monetary reward is offered for information leading to arrest.