Three arrests have been made in connection to last week’s car-to-car shooting on Highway 70 that killed one Sacramento man and wounded another, according to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office.
On Thursday morning, the sheriff’s office, with the assistance of NET-5 (gang and drug task force), served a search warrant at a residence on Pinewood Way in Linda. Two suspects — Avery Sanchez, 20, of Sacramento and Vivion Wallace, 21, of Yuba City — were arrested on suspicion of murder. Both men, who are on parole, were identified as the two alleged shooters in the incident.
A third suspect — Juan Antonio Barajas, 19, of Citrus Heights — was arrested later in the day on suspicion of being an accessory to the crime. The sheriff’s office, along with the Citrus Heights Police Department, located and arrested Barajas, who was the suspected driver in the incident, in the 7200 block of Amsterdam Avenue in Citrus Heights around 6 p.m. Thursday. Authorities also located the suspect vehicle, a gold 2003 Nissan Altima.
The shooting occurred on May 22 just before 6 p.m. on Highway 70 south of Plumas Lake Boulevard. The shooting followed an earlier verbal altercation between occupants of the two vehicles in Marysville, according to a department press release.
Alejandro Escobar, 36, was killed in the shooting. A second victim was also treated for a minor injury but was released from the hospital the same day.
The suspects fled the scene following the incident, leading to a manhunt.
Over the course of the last week, investigators tracked the suspect vehicle in over two dozen business security videos leading approximately 30 miles through three counties — Yuba, Sutter and Butte — along the travel route prior to the shooting, according to a department press release.
Leslie Carbah, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said the various businesses ultimately helped detectives gather the information they needed to generate suspect information leading to identifying and arresting Sanchez, Wallace and Barajas.
All three suspects were booked into Yuba County Jail. None of the men are eligible for bail.
Carbah said the motive for the shooting remains unknown and that none of the suspects knew the victims prior to the incident.