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August 3, 2010 > Two arrested in Hayward double homicide

Two arrested in Hayward double homicide

Submitted By Captain Darryl McAllister
Photos By courtesy of Hayward PD

A 17-year-old Fremont girl was arrested on Thursday, July 29, for the execution-style double murder in the early morning of May 9 this year on Westpark Street. The girl, previously a student at Hayward Continuation School, was arrested at approximately 12:30 p.m. after investigators discovered she was scheduled to appear for a job interview at Empire Management, a Hayward-based job placement organization. After a two-and-a half month investigation, she and a 21-year-old companion, who has been in custody since May at Santa Rita Jail on an unrelated parole violation, were each charged with two counts of murder, armed robbery, and assorted other charges related to the brutal killings.

The 17-year-old girl, whose name cannot be released because of her age, was charged as an adult in the case. She and 21-year-old Isaiah Washington, of Oakland, are believed to have worked together in firing shots from an assault rifle into the two defenseless men who lay on the ground while being robbed at gunpoint. Rafael Avila and Carlos Buenrostro, both 18 and both residents of Hayward, were killed during the incident. One of the victims, before dying minutes later, was able to tell officers they had been shot as they were being robbed.

Police believe the two victims were ordered to the ground, and after their car and pockets were searched for valuables, they were shot for no apparent reason. Officers responding to the scene spotted a vehicle fleeing the area of the shooting at a high rate of speed. A chase ensued into Oakland as the car fled recklessly on the wrong side of the roadway. Officers lost the vehicle on Oakland surface streets in the area. The abandoned car was later found in the 6500 block of Fenham Street.

After an extensive search of the area, the girl was found hiding in a nearby Fruitvale business center. She was the registered owner of the car that was chased, and was arrested for having evaded the pursuing officers. The male occupant of the car was soon found in the backyard of a residence in the 6200 block of Tevis Street in Oakland.

The female suspect was arrested without incident, booked for the murder charges at the Hayward Police Department and transferred to Juvenile Hall for housing while her arraignment is being scheduled. Isaiah Washington's custody charges have been amended to include the murder charges.

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