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San Jose Murder Suspect May Be Using Twin’s Identity

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Mario Jesus Hernandez (San Jose Police Dept.)

Mario Jesus Hernandez (San Jose Police Dept.)

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – San Jose police are still searching for a man suspected of fatally shooting a San Jose man last month and said Tuesday they believe the suspect may be using his identical twin’s identity to avoid capture.

Mario Jesus Hernandez, 22, of San Jose, is wanted in connection with the April 17 murder of Marco Paredes, 25.

Paredes was found fatally shot when police officers responded at about 6 a.m. that day to a reported shooting at a home in the 1500 block of South Capitol Avenue, police said. Paramedics pronounced Paredes dead at the scene.

Investigators have identified Hernandez as the suspect who allegedly entered the home, shot the victim, and fled before police arrived.

Police said the investigation revealed that Paredes was visiting with Hernandez’s girlfriend at the time of the shooting. The relationship between Hernandez and Paredes remains under investigation.

A no-bail warrant was issued for Hernandez’s arrest on suspicion of murder. He is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Investigators believe that Hernandez, who has an identical twin brother, Gilbert Paul, may be using his brother’s identification card and name in order to avoid capture.

According to police, the brothers have similar tattoos on their arms and both have chest tattoos. A letter “N” in Mario Hernandez’s chest tattoo distinguishes it from his brother’s tattoos, police said.

Authorities believe that Mario Hernandez may be hiding with family or friends in one of several California counties, including Fresno, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo or Santa Clara counties.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Detective Sgt. Rafael Nieves or Detective Glenn Albin in the Police Department’s homicide unit at (408) 277-5283.

People wanting to remain anonymous can call the Silicon ValleyCrime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP or visit www.svcrimestoppers.org and may be eligible for a reward.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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