Tips help Lemoore police solve 2011 murder, September pizza parlor robbery

Santiago Zamora
Santiago Zamora

Lemoore police announced Friday that investigators have solved two high-profile cases, a 2011 murder and a September armed robbery at a pizza parlor.

Cmdr. Steve Rossi said they have suspected Santiago Zamora as the killer in the Nov. 28, 2011 shooting death of 22-year-old Isaac Donez, but never had been able to catch up to Zamora until a recent tip.

Units from several Kings County agencies helped Lemoore police capture Zamora at a home in Armona about 11 a.m. Friday.

Rossi said Zamora was 18 at the time of the 2011 shooting. During the investigation, officers were told there were rumors that Zamora had been physically abusing his girlfriend, upsetting her relatives.

One relative decided to confront Zamora about the rumors and Donez went along to protect the relative. The relative and Zamora got into an argument, and after several minutes Zamora pulled out a handgun and shot Donez several times in the midsection, Rossi said. Donez died at a hospital.

Lemoore detectives have followed up on numerous leads and sightings over the past four years but Zamora eluded capture.

In the other case, Rossi said police following tips provided through Crime Stoppers this week arrested two Hanford men, Alek Oliveira, 20, and Darieyon Brown, 21, and a 17-year-old Hanford boy in connection with the Sept. 15 armed robbery of Boston Pizza.

Oliveira and Brown were booked into Kings County Jail and the boy into juvenile hall on charges of robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and conspiracy. Bail for the adults was set at $520,000 each. There is no bail for the juvenile.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about it is asked to call Lemoore police at 559-924-9574 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP.