Police reported today that with the assistance of the Mission District plainclothes team, they have arrested a 15-year-old male juvenile in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Gaspar Puch-tzek.
Just after midnight on August 30, Puch-tzek got off work and went to take a break with two of his co-workers around the corner on San Carlos near 19th Street.
Witnesses said that two people approached them and asked what colors they claimed. None, Puch-tzek said.
One of the two then shot the line cook in the face. He died early the next morning.
“The two suspects believed that the victim was a gang member and that isn’t the case,” Officer Carlos Manfredi said.
At a monthly community meeting at the end of August, Captain Corrales said, “Often the only justice that prevails in these things is street justice.”
The latest breakthrough is unusual in a case like this.
Police said that “after a month-long investigation, drawing upon the cooperation of community members and merchants, police inspectors developed probable cause to charge the juvenile with one count of homicide, two firearms violations and a gang enhancement.”
The juvenile was arrested while being held on unrelated charges at San Francisco’s Juvenile Justice Center, police reported.
His name is being withheld, according to juvenile privacy laws.
Puch-tzek, who friends and co-workers called Tio, came to the United States with his twin brother and had been living in San Francisco for about four years. He was buried two weeks ago in his hometown of Xul-Oxkutzcab, in the Yucatan region of Mexico.
He was working two jobs at the time of his death.
We will update this story as we get more information.