Eleven days after a 15-year-old Windsor teen was fatally gunned down outside a party, Sonoma County sheriff's officials released the names and photos of three Santa Rosa teens suspected in the slaying and asked for the public's help to find them.
Flavio Caballero, 17, Duane Morgan, 16, and Oscar Aguilar, 16, should be considered “armed and dangerous” and are suspects in the June 22 shooting that killed 15-year-old Nathan Torres of Windsor. Three other boys were wounded in what is being investigated as a gang-related confrontation, sheriff's violent crimes Sgt. Shannon McAlvain said in a news release Thursday.
McAlvain also announced the recent arrest of a suspected accessory to the crime, Sergio Quiroz, 21, of Santa Rosa.
Quiroz was arrested Saturday and remained at the Sonoma County Jail on Thursday on suspicion of being an accessory to murder by harboring a suspect, dissuading a victim or witness from making a report and a gang enhancement, according to jail booking records. He was being held without bail and will be in court Monday.
A woman was reported to have been driving the car the suspects fled in following the shooting. Sheriff's Lt. Carlos Basurto would not say whether she was considered a suspect.
Sheriff's officials have released little information about the shooting outside a birthday party on Windsor Avenue over the past weeks, saying they did not want to jeopardize the investigation.
On June 27, Sheriff Steve Freitas explained the Sheriff's Office's withholding of information, saying his agency would release photos of suspects and alert the public if investigators believed there was a threat to public safety.
Basurto said the Sheriff's Office did not see the suspects as a public danger and suggested they might be in hiding.
“Do I believe they are a direct danger to the public and might go around killing people? Absolutely not,” he said. “But we needed the public to understand that they might be armed and, if spotted, they should not try to confront them. They should call the police in whatever jurisdiction they're in right away.”