Two people have been arrested in connection with a shooting that left a West Jordan man dead in the street in front of his house last month.
Police had been searching for 23-year-old Jesus Molina and 22-year-old Breaaunah Huff since the Nov. 1 homicide, before finding them in Tijuana, Mexico, police announced on Wednesday.
Molina, of West Jordan, was charged in 3rd District Court with first-degree felony murder and first-degree felony obstruction of justice in connection with the death of 22-year-old Dan Zuniga-Guzman.
Huff was charged with first-degree felony obstruction of justice.
West Jordan detectives, working with Mexican police officers and the United States government located Molina and Huff. They were arrested Monday afternoon and are currently in the San Diego County jail, confirmed West Jordan police Sgt. J.C. Holt.
“They are now back on U.S. soil and will be brought back to Utah to face justice,” West Jordan Police Department posted in a release on Facebook.
Zuniga-Guzman died of a gunshot to the chest on the street in front of his West Jordan home, near 6700 South and 4800 West, at about 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, according to police.
The shooting was sparked by an argument Zuniga-Guzman had been having with Molina, his childhood friend and Huff, police said.
Zuniga-Guzman was reportedly arguing with Huff during a car ride, then argued with Molina, according to Holt. During the argument, Molina allegedly shot Zuniga-Guzman, who collapsed on the street.
A witness reported hearing two thumps and seeing a car speed away from the scene.
Police found a car that matched the witness’s description. In that car, detectives could see a small caliber bullet on the passenger seat, according to arrest documents. Police also found two spent caliber bullet casings in an oil pan near the car.
Molina’s brother, Pedro Molina, told police he had been drinking alcohol with Zuniga-Guzman, the night of his death. Jesus Molina and an “unknown female” had been with them, he said.