01/08/04 04-3

01/08/04 04-3


January 8, 2004

Subject:           San Francisco Arrest Of Las Vegas Homicide Suspect

San Francisco police today arrested a man wanted for a homicide that occurred in Las Vegas nearly six years ago.  Police took Jose Martin, 30, into custody without incident at about

10:00 A.M. at a restaurant at 1324 Columbus Avenue where he had been working as a cook for the past few months.  He remains in custody with no bail.

On February 17, 1998, Martin and two other men were involved in a fight at the Tropicana Hotel.  After a security guard ejected all three, Martin returned later that day and shot and killed the security guard at close range.  He then carjacked a vehicle to make his escape. 

Sometime later, Martin, who is a Mexican citizen, was detained in Mexico on a murder charge in that country.  Because of Mexican extradition laws, he was not taken to Las Vegas to face charges.  At some point, Martin came to San Francisco. He faces an extradition hearing on January 13.

Martin also has a history of gang affiliation, specifically with the Tacas gang, in Thousand Oaks, California.

It was through persistent investigation that Homicide Inspector Robert McMillan obtained information that led ultimately to Martin’s arrest.

For more information, please contact:

Capt. Paul Chignell
Bureau of Investigations