Two men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly murdering a 51-year-old Fresno woman last month in southeast Fresno.
Fresno police Lt. Mark Salazar said the arrests were made during a large police operation involving 90 officers who served eight search warrants to members of the Fifth Street Bulldog gang.
Anthony Alcantar, 20, and Juan Gonzalez, 25, both of Fresno, were arrested for the murder of Josefina Alvarez. Salazar said both have extensive criminal histories.
Alvarez was struck Jan. 24 by a bullet fired into a residence on the 1500 block of Fifth Street. She later died of her injuries at Community Regional Medical Center. Detectives said Alvarez and her family had prior issues with Bulldog gang members, who tried to intimidate them and other families in the neighborhood.
One of the guns found was taken to the Fresno California Department of Justice Criminal lab to determine if it was used in Alvarez’s murder.
While investigating her murder, detectives learned of other violent crimes committed by the Bulldog gang and issued search warrants.
During Wednesday’s sweep, police also arrested Fresno Bulldog gang members Alex Gonzalez, 25, on suspicion of an October 2014 carjacking, and Cornell Roberts, 32, for being a felon in possession of a gun.
Police are still searching for two more Bulldogs. Salazar said Jesus Arevalo, 32, of Fresno, was not at his 1840 S. Fifth St. residence when they found a loaded gun belonging to him. Arevalo is wanted on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a gun and for a prior assault. Rocky Gonzales, 29, of Fresno, is wanted for a prior felony assault.
Anyone with information about Arevalo and Gonzales or their alleged crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498‐STOP, where a $1,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest.