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Arrest Made in Cold Case, Cops Need Help Notifying Victim’s Family

The police have made arrests in connection with a 20-year-old cold case homicide, KTVU reports.

On Oct. 31, 2001, 22-year-old Nhin Phi Ha died in a stabbing outside his apartment building in San Jose, California. The apartment was located on Avalani Avenue near Luby Drive, east of King Road. Ha’s friend was also stabbed, but survived his injuries.

At the time police said that two suspects were involved. They fled in an SUV driven by a third suspect.

Nearly 20 years later, on Oct. 6, police arrested 45-year-old Francis Dagayray, 47-year-old Eutropio Dagayay and 45-year-old Gilbert Meriales. They were charged on suspicion of homicide and booked into Santa Clara County jail, KRON 4 reports.

Francis Dagayray, Eutropio Dagayray, Gilbert Meriales (San Jose Police Dept.) 

Police say they were able to connect the dots after re-interviewing several witnesses, KTVU reports. Although they could not elaborate on how the dots were connected.

Police have been unable to reach Ha’s family to inform them of the breakthrough in the case. Anyone with information should call the homicide unit and ask for Detective Jennings at 408-277-5283.

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