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In 2001, three men were arrested for stabbing in eastern San Jose

Three men were arrested last week in eastern San Jose last week on charges of belonging to a gang in 2001 as a result of the resumption of the San Jose 20-year-old murder investigation.

Francis Dagaye, Utropio Dagaye, Gilbert Mariels (San Jose Police Department)

On the evening of October 31, 2001, Nin Fai Ha, 22, was stabbed to death in front of an apartment on Avalani Avenue near Lobby Drive, east of King Road. An 18-year-old man who was with Ha was also stabbed several times but survived.

According to police and Mercury News Archives, the two men were initially searched after the murder, when they were seen fleeing in a dark SUV.

Detectives have not benefited from the killings in the past two decades, San Jose Police said, but in August, the case was the focus of a cold case team with SDPD detectives and investigators from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Became.

A fresh investigation has identified three murder suspects, a list that now includes the driver of the SUV.

“A new look at the case has led to the re-contact of witnesses who, for their own reasons, cooperated more than they did at the time of their initial interview 20 years ago,” the police spokesman said. Christian Camerillo said.

On Wednesday, police said they arrested the men in San Jose: Utropio Dagay, 47; Francis Dagaye, 45, and Gilbert Merales, 45. All were charged in San Jose’s main prison with murder and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as gang motives.

Authorities have not released further details about the investigation into the cold case. The case record was not immediately available as Monday was a court holiday.

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