Sacramento Sheriff's Department Makes Arrests in 44th Street Homicide

Sheriff’s Homicide and Major Crimes Bureau detectives arrested five suspects for the September murder of 25-year-old Phillip Porraz. ...

Sheriff’s Homicide and Major Crimes Bureau detectives arrested five suspects for the September murder of 25-year-old Phillip Porraz. On December 5, 2016, detectives arrested Gabriel Adam Mota (24), Martin Alexander Romero (23), and Salvador Fuentes (26) of Gridley, along with Joel Luis Cervantes (24) of Sacramento. On December 7, 2016, detectives located and arrested Jonathan Carrillo-Piedra (24) of Sacramento. 

Cervantes was already in custody at the Sacramento Main Jail for a violation of PRCS (Post Release Community Supervision) probation. Fuentes was already in custody in the Butte County Jail on gun charges. Both Cervantes and Fuentes were add-booked on the new charges while in custody. Mota and Romero were located at a residence in Maxwell, California. Carrillo-Piedra was located at a motel in West Sacramento. All suspects were arrested without incident.

A little after 6:30 p.m. on September 17, 2016, the Sheriff’s Communication Center received a call of shots fired in the 4000 block of 44th Street in South Sacramento. The caller further advised that someone was shot and lying on the ground.

Deputies responded to the scene and located the victim in the driveway of a residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Deputies immediately began life saving measures. Sacramento Metro Fire responded and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

Detectives were able to determine through the investigation that all five suspects were occupants in the involved suspect vehicle during the murder. The suspects were affiliated with a gang and targeted the specific residence, which was known to be frequented by rival gang members. There is no indication at this point that the victim knew the suspects. 

The suspect vehicle stopped in the roadway, and one of the suspects exited the passenger side of the car armed with a handgun. The shooter approached the victim, who was standing in the driveway of the residence. The shooter fired several shots at the victim, striking him and killing him. The shooter got back into the car and fled the scene.

All five suspects were booked for murder, conspiracy, and gang enhancements. They are currently ineligible for bail.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).


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