Santa Barbara police arrest two teens one adult for gang murder

Santa Barbara police arrested two teenagers Friday they suspect fatally shot a 23-year-old man on Monday.

The teens allegedly shot Jesus Espinosa-Maldonado of Oxnard as he was driving on Eucalyptus Hill Road near Salinas Street. Following the shooting, the vehicle Espinosa-Maldonado was driving collided with a tree, causing the tree to catch on fire.

Officers arrived to find Espinosa-Maldonado’s black SUV had shattered windows and two blown-out tires.

Emergency personnel transported Espinosa-Maldonado to a local hospital, where he died two days later.

Officers booked the two Santa Barbara teens, ages 15 and 17, into juvenile hall on gang-related murder charges. Their names are not being released because of their ages.

In addition, investigators arrested 39-year-old Irene Fernandez of Santa Barbara on suspicion of gang murder and accessory to a felony with special circumstances.

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