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SAN JOSE — A 34-year-old San Jose guy was once charged Tuesday in a 2021 crime spree that concerned two homicides and different violent attacks, in keeping with Santa Clara County government.

The San Jose police division stated Ricardo Padilla was once in custody for the slayings of 49-year-old Thomas Salvador Calamia and 43-year-old Samuel Torres, who has been lacking since July 4, 2021.

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Murder detectives first was conscious about Padilla in August 2021 all over the Torres investigation. All through the investigation, it was once made up our minds that Torres was once shot and killed within the space of Coyote Creek close to Wool Creek Pressure by means of Padilla.

The case bedeviled detectives for months partly as a result of have no longer been in a position to find Torres’ frame.

“Confidently, we discover it. The investigation nonetheless continues as of late. We need to have closure for this sufferer’s circle of relatives. And clearly, that is going first of all the restoration of this sufferer’s frame,” says Sgt. Christian Camarillo, spokesperson for the police division.

Torres was once homeless on the time of his homicide. The law enforcement officials who went to analyze his disappearance bumped into Padilla, a recognized gang member who additionally lived within the encampment.

Padilla was once arrested for being a felon in ownership of a firearm. Detectives ultimately zeroed in on a location on the sprawling and notorious homeless encampment as soon as referred to as “The Jungle”, the place witness instructed them Torres were buried.

“We now have discovered proof that there was once a frame at that location. Whether or not or no longer that frame is ever discovered and recovered, we do not know. Clearly, I am certain the circle of relatives would need some closure,” Sgt. Camarillo stated.

Detectives say they imagine that Padilla instructed pals to transport the frame whilst he was once nonetheless locked up in the back of bars.

“We do imagine that whilst he was once incarcerated, the suspect contacted pals out of doors the prison and stated, ‘Hiya, that is the place the frame is. I want you to move do away with it,” Sgt. Camarillo stated.

Padilla additionally has a number of fees stemming from the violent crime spree which spanned from Would possibly 2021 till July 4, 2021, within the town of San José and Alameda County.

 Investigations published the next timeline:

  • Would possibly 9, 2021 — a stabbing incident happened within the space of S. second Side road and Margaret Side road in San José involving suspect Padilla.
  • Would possibly 11, 2021 — suspect Padilla was once liable for an unprovoked attack on a male out of doors of a 7-11 retailer within the 600 Block of Hen Ave. As well as, on that very same day, suspect Padilla was once fascinated about a separate stabbing incident that happened close to Coyote Creek.
  • Would possibly 31, 2021 — Padilla shot and killed sufferer Calamia within the space of Prevost Side road and West Virginia Side road. He was once later known as the principle suspect.
  • June 4, 2021 — a Livermore police officer performed a automobile prevent involving suspect Padilla. Padilla reversed his automobile and struck the officer’s bike, and due to this fact fled the town of Livermore. An arrest warrant was once sought and ultimately issued for tried homicide fees on Padilla for this incident.
  • June 22, 2021 — a capturing incident happened on Berkeley Manner within the town of San José, wherein the sufferer survived and later known Padilla because the suspect.
  • July 4, 2021 —  suspect Padilla was once contacted by means of officials within the space of Coyote Creek. Upon touch, suspect Padilla tried to discard a firearm. He was once in the end arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Prison the place he’s nonetheless in custody to nowadays.

Someone with knowledge is requested to touch Detective Sergeant Vallejo #3810 or Detective Harrington #4365 of the San José Police Division’s Murder Unit by means of e mail: and/or or at 408-277-5283.

Devin Fehely contributed reporting.


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