Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/18/2020 4:14 PM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Thursday, 6/18/2020
Time: 4:14 PM
Location: Salinas Police Department

*Homicide Arrest

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On 10/01/19, at 4:55 AM, officers responded to a victim of a shooting at a Motel located on De La Torre Blvd. Officers found Armando Medina (29) deceased in the stairwell from a gunshot wound. The victim had been renting a nearby room. No one was in the room when officers arrived, and the door was open. A loaded .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol was found beside Medina. Based on the injuries it appeared that the .25 caliber semi-auto found at the scene was not the weapon used, which was later confirmed by the autopsy.

On the night of the homicide, officers located a blood trail leading to the area where the suspect vehicle had been parked.  Detectives sent samples of the blood to the DOJ lab for testing, which resulted in a positive DNA profile match for Justin Bravo (32).  Detectives investigated further and discovered additional evidence pointing at Bravo.

On 6/5/20, detectives, SWAT and HNT surrounded Bravo's residence in Castroville and Bravo was arrested for murder.   During the search, detectives located a shotgun with a sawed-off buttstock, a .22 caliber handgun, ammunition and gang indicia.  During questioning, Bravo placed himself at the scene of the shooting but claimed he did not remember what happened due to his drug use.  He was booked into County Jail for murder.


Throughout the investigation, 21-year-old Edgar Tapia was a person of interest in the murder of Armando Medina.  Salinas Police Detectives worked diligently and were able to establish probable cause showing Tapia worked with Bravo to shoot and kill Mr. Medina. Tapia was already in Monterey County Jail on an unrelated case. This week, Tapia was formally charged with homicide and burglary.

This case is still under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Justin Heckman at 758-7323 or email at [email protected] or call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

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