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June 22, 2024

Hollister police arrest homicide suspect

Courtesy of the Hollister Police Department:

Hollister Police arrest suspect for the homicide which occurred on August 19, 2020.

On August 19, 2020, at 5:17 am, emergency services were dispatched to the 100 block of Sally Street for a report that a person had been shot.  Responders located a victim of a shooting that was later identified as Daniel Cervantez (44 of Hollister).  Lifesaving efforts were made but Daniel was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

Hollister Police Detectives, T. Torres and Melgoza, worked diligently on this investigation following up on leads and tips provided by the community. Their investigation led them to a person who was in the area that morning and was allegedly in an altercation with Daniel Cervantez.  As a result, on August 22, 2020, Andrez Valencia (19 of Hollister) was arrested and booked for murder (187 PC) and is being held on $1,000,000 bail at the San Benito County Jail.

The Hollister Police Department would like to thank the initial Patrol Officers on scene, Detectives, San Benito County Sheriff’s Office, UNET, DOJ, the community, the Sally St. neighborhood, and most of all the Cervantez family for their assistance in this investigation.  

The police department would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Hollister Police Department at 831-638-4331. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.

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