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Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
Monday December 20th, 2021 :: 03:41 p.m. PST


Arrest Made in 2020 Murder of Anthony Juarez

On August 15, 2020 at 4:44 pm Sunnyvale officers responded to Baylands Park (999 Caribbean Drive) on report of man near the restroom who had been stabbed. When officers arrived they found 38 year-old Anthony Juarez suffering from several stab wounds. Officers immediately provided Anthony with medical care and quickly had him transported to the hospital in critical condition. Sadly, shortly after Anthony’s arrival at Valley Medical Center, he died.  

A witness at Bayland’s Park said he saw Anthony and an unidentified suspect fighting in the restroom. The witness was able to describe the suspect and assisted a forensic artist in creating a sketch of the suspect’s face.  

During the investigation, several items of evidence were submitted to the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory for DNA testing. As a result, a full DNA profile of an unknown male subject was identified and uploaded into the CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) database.  

For over a year Sunnyvale detectives dilligently continued this investigation and sought to identify the person who killed Anthony Juarez. On September 20, 2021 detectives were notified by the Santa Clara County Crime Lab that the DNA profile of Jose Luis Salazar (DOB 12/17/1995) matched the uploaded DNA profile of the person suspected of killing Anthony.  Suspect Salazar had recently been arrested for the attempted murder of his father on August 12, 2021 in Hollister, CA. In accordance with state law, a sample of Salazar’s DNA was obtained at the time of his arrest.  Once the sample was place in the CODIS database it matched the DNA profile of the suspect in this investigation.      

On December 13, 2021 a warrant was signed for the arrest of Jose Luis Salazar for the murder of Anthony Juarez.  Salazar remains in custody in San Benito County for the attempted murder of his father.
Anyone with additional information about this investgation is encouraged to contact Detective Corrine Abernathy at 408-730-7100.  ‚Äč

Media contact: Captain Craig Anderson 650-382-2603


Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
700 All America Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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