Two accused of fatally gunning down innocent teenage bystander after fight in California

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Jun. 20 2021, Published 1:03 p.m. ET

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Two men have been charged with fatally gunning down a 16-year-old innocent bystander following a fight in the streets of Keyes, California, police say.

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Modesto resident, Evan Robinson, was shot to death near the intersection of Martha Avenue and 7th Street on May 2. Weeks later, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office announced two arrests in connection to the shooting.

Detectives believe a fight resulted in gunfire and Robinson, who was an innocent bystander, was fatally wounded, according to the sheriff's office.

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Detectives identified 19-year-old Ruben Perez of Keyes as a suspect, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

Perez was previously convicted as a juvenile for assault with a firearm and was on probation at the time of his arrest, according to the sheriff's office. . He was attending a series of occupational preparedness courses at the Stanislaus County Day Reporting Center.

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Detectives confronted Perez and told him he had an outstanding arrest warrant for his involvement in the murder when he arrived for an afternoon class on June 16.

Police took Perez into custody without incident, transported him to the main Sheriff’s Office for questioning. He was booked into jail and charged with homicide.

The next day, a second man was arrested in Medford, Oregon, during a traffic stop on a Stanislaus County homicide warrant. Anthony Joseph Pando, 22, of Ceres, California, is awaiting extradition back to California.

Police said the investigation into Robinson's death is still active and ongoing.  Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact police at (209) 525-7042.

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