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Arrest made in Santa Maria homicide case

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Posted at 1:35 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 01:10:23-05

An arrest has been made in connection with the murder of a 20-year-old in Santa Maria last week.

Santa Maria police say the detective bureau and special enforcement team tracked the suspect, identified as Jesus Juarez Gracilazo, 20, to Tulare County.

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With the help of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, police say Gracilazo was arrested in connection with the murder of Kevin Nunez-Escamill.

He was found shot to death Friday, Dec. 18, on the 800 black of W. Donovan Road.

Gracilazo was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $2 million.

The announcement of his arrest comes a day after police asked for the public’s help in the case.

Investigators have not released a possible motive for the shooting.