Stanislaus County sheriff's detectives Wednesday afternoon arrested a 16-year-old Patterson boy suspected in the death of a Newman man who was shot last week in a small Westley neighborhood.
Walter Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of 21-year-old Anthony Bueno, said deputy Andrew Winter, a sheriff's spokesman. He was arrested about 4 p.m. at his home.
Winter said several leads helped detectives identify Sanchez as a suspect in the shooting, but detectives did not release further details about the investigation.
About 4 p.m. Tuesday, detectives arrested a second 16-year-old Patterson boy on suspicion of being an accessory in Bueno's death, Winter said.
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Sheriff's officials did not release the boy's name. He was being held Wednesday afternoon at the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall.
Winter said the detectives found the boy at his home and detained him for questioning. After the interview, the detectives established the boy's alleged connection to the shooting and arrested him.
While detectives would not provide specific details about the boy's connection to Bueno's death, Winter said the boy did not have direct involvement in the shooting.
Detectives have learned both suspects, as well as the victim, were affiliated with gangs. Winter said there is a "strong indication" the shooting was gang-related.
The shooting was reported about 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at Livingston Circle and Griscott Way, just north of Howard Road. Several people called to report someone had been shot in the area.
Deputies responded to the scene and found Bueno with gunshot wounds, lying on the ground in a grassy vacant lot near the sidewalk, Winter said.
Sheriff's deputies performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Bueno until medics arrived. Shortly after, Bueno was pronounced dead at the scene.
Several witnesses came forward and spoke to detectives as the investigators spent much of the night at the scene searching for evidence.
Winter said the investigation might lead detectives to identify more suspects in the shooting.
Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Darwin Hatfield at 525-7100 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.stancrimetips.org, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.