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Undocumented immigrant accused of killing San Jose woman has long criminal history

SAN JOSE (KRON) - The 24-year-old transient arrested for allegedly stabbing to death a woman in her San Jose home is an undocumented immigrant with a long criminal history, the San Jose Police Department announced Tuesday.

"We will go to the ends of the earth to find a predator like this," said San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia.

The suspect, identified as Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, has been booked into jail for the murder of 59-year-old Bambi Larson. 

"The suspect stalked this San Jose neighborhood and his victim. He is a San Jose transient known to camp between Capitol and Snell and is a self-admitted gang member," said Garcia. 

Officials say ICE had filed detainers on Carranza six separate times. 

Carranza was on probation at the time of the murder, police say. 

His lengthy criminal history includes possession of methamphetamine, kidnapping, and burglary, according to police. 

Authorities say Carranza stalked Larson before allegedly killing her. 

Larson was found stabbed to death in her home in the 900 block of Knollfield Way on Feb. 28.

Police say they were able to track him down after the murder using surveillance video and DNA. 

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo released a statement on the homicide following the police department's press conference on Tuesday:

“This is a devastating tragedy-- and my thoughts and prayers go to Ms. Larson’s family during this awful time. I’m grateful to Chief Eddie Garcia and our San Jose Police Department officers for their work in apprehending and arresting this individual and keeping our community safe.


It is long overdue for the County to reconsider its current policy of ignoring ICE hold requests for predatory felons, which undermines the safety of the very immigrant communities we collectively seek to protect. On July 10, 2015, I sent a letter urging County leaders to review their policies to ensure federal immigration authorities prosecute violent, predatory individuals who pose a serious threat to our residents.


My views were consistent with those expressed by Police Chief Eddie Garcia, and with the proposed policy of District Attorney Jeff Rosen, who sought to have the County accept ICE detainers for individuals, like the defendant in this case, arrested for prior first-degree home burglaries and other ‘strike’ offenses.

The County’s policy has nothing to do with the City’s decades-long policy of declining to have police engage in federal immigration enforcement, which was implemented to protect public safety. In contrast, the current County policy of ignoring detainer requests for individuals arrested for strike offenses and convicted of multiple felonies undermines public safety, and violates common sense. I hope we can restart this conversation to make progress where we all agree: we can both keep our City safe from violent criminals and protect our law-abiding immigrant community.”

Watch the San Jose Police Department's full news conference in the video below: 

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