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California police arrested a suspect in connection with the 2000 murder of a 22-year-old barber, who was found shot to death inside his car.
The Pittsburg Bay Area Police Department announced Thursday the arrest of Paea Tasini, 45, for the murder of Danny Guyse.
Tasini, of Elk Cove, was also charged with attempted murder in connection with another shooting that also took place in 2000.
Police in the Bay Area have arrested Paea Tasini, 45 , for the September 2000 murder of 22-year-old Danny Guyse in Pittsburg, California
According to police, Tasini’s arrest 21 years later came after open case detectives served a search warrant and obtained new evidence “critical to the case.”
The case began to unfold on the night of September 27, 2000, when Pittsburg police received a 911 call about a man who had been shot while sitting in his car at 1605 Railroad Avenue.
The victim, Guyse, was found slumped over the wheel with two shots to the head. He was taken to Sutter Delta Medical Center, where he died from his injuries less than an hour later.
The victim was remembered as a talented young barber who was about to start a new job as a janitor in the Pittsburg Unified School District, the East Bay Times reported.
The only clue detectives had at the time was that the gunman possibly fled the scene in a light-colored Ford Mustang.
Guyse was remembered as a talented young barber who was about to start a new job as a custodian at Pittsburg Unified School District
The case was eventually assigned to the open cases unit of the police department, which spent the next 20 years investigating numerous individuals or interests and suspects.
A break in the case came in 2019, when detectives identified Tasini as a possible suspect. Police have not said what led them to him.
After obtaining a search warrant and obtaining new information related to the case, detectives took it to the Office of the Counter-Cost Prosecutor for review.
DailyMail.com reached out to police on Friday seeking comment on the cold case investigation.
On Wednesday, prosecutors filed a criminal complaint, charging Tasini with the murder of Guyse and the January 2000 shooting of Kenneth Brown Jr. The suspect was arrested at his Elk Cove home that same night.
Tasini remained incarcerated on a $ 10 million bond at the Martinez Detention Center on Friday.