Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Contact Sergeant John Capen
Phone (951) 320-8005

Suspect Arrested For Murder of Teenager



Riverside, Ca- On Tuesday, December 6, 2005, at 1:30 PM, Israel Daniel Gomez, 18, of Riverside was arrested for the murder of 15 year old Jesse Velasco.

On December 3, 2005 at approximately 4 PM, Gomez allegedly shot Velasco as he was walking on Streeter Avenue near Sunnyside Drive. Investigation revealed that Velasco and another subject were approached, for unknown reasons, by an assailant who fired one or more shots, striking Velasco at least once. Two other subjects were shot at but unharmed.

Detectives from the Riverside Police Department focused the investigation on Gomez after following up on information obtained from eyewitnesses to the murder.

Gomez was arrested without incident at the Riverside Police Departmentís Spruce Street station and booked into Robert Presley Detention Center.


PC 187 - Homicide -1 count
PC 664/187 - Attempted Homicide - 2 counts

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Steve Shumway at (951) 320-8011 or Detective Dave Smith at (951) 320-8062.

Steven Frasher
Adjutant to the Chief of Police
Riverside Police Department
4102 Orange St.
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 826-5147 Fax: (951) 826-2593