SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A transient arrested in the murder of Bambi Larson was in the United States illegally and had a lengthy history of arrests in the South Bay and Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday.

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza “stalked” Larson’s neighborhood before allegedly killing her with a knife and blunt force trauma.

“Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza stalked this San Jose neighborhood and his victim,” said San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia. “He is a self-admitted gang member.”

San Jose homicide victim Bambi Larson (Facebook)

Garcia then detailed his lengthy criminal record.

“His criminal history convictions consist of in Feb. 2013 he was detained by the Department of Homeland Security at the border near McAllen, Texas, and deported.”

“In 2015, he was arrested for drug paraphernalia. In 2015 he was convicted of burglary in San Jose. In 2016, battery of an officer, resisting arrest and entering a property. In 2016, he was arrested for battery in Los Angeles. In 2017, he was arrested and convicted of false imprisonment in San Jose. On April of 2018, arrested for paraphernalia again. In May, he was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.”

“In August of 2018, he was arrested for prowling. On October 2018, he was arrested for false identification and paraphernalia once again.”

Garcia said Carranza was currently on probation for the possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia, false imprisonment and burglary.

“Unfortunately, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) placed detainers on this individual six separate times. Two in the Los Angeles area and four in the County of Santa Clara,” he said.

ICE detainers are requests to hold people suspected of being in the country illegally for longer than their jail terms until they can be questioned by federal immigration authorities.

Garcia was critical of the sanctuary city, county and state policies that prevented Carranza from being turned over to immigration officials.

“Those undocumented citizens who are not violent or serious criminals should not fear the police,” he said. “But when we have violent or serious offenders that are preying on our community we must have the ability to protect our residents. We will go to the ends of the earth to find a predator like this. We put the case together, put them in jail and then it is up to the rest of the system to determine what happens next.”

“The City of San Jose and our police department has no control over how the county interacts with federal immigration enforcement in the deportation of violent or serious felons like Carlos Arevalo Carranza.”

Paul Kelly, president of the San Jose Police Officers Association, said the crime should have never happened.

“Not in a million years. We have to change the laws that protect monsters like this suspect,” said Kelly.

“If you have dreamers that are just trying to survive and make a better life for themselves, that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about changing the laws that protect criminals that will violently attack women.”

ICE Acting Field Office Director Erik Bonnar said his agency has had nearly a dozen detainer requests for Arevalo-Carranza that have gone unanswered. They filed a 10th detainer on his on Tuesday after his arrest.

“ICE preliminary information suggests this is at least the tenth detainer ICE has lodged with local California law enforcement agencies on Arevalo-Carranza since 2016,” Bonnar said in a statement. “All nine known previously lodged detainers have been ignored and have allowed Arevalo-Carranza back onto our streets to re-offend.”

“How many more people have to be killed or injured before California lawmakers will open discussions to revise the state policy prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to apprehend dangerous criminal aliens?” the statement continued. “It’s unfortunate that our communities face dangerous consequences because of inflexible state laws that protect criminal aliens. These sanctuary policies have unintended, but very real, and often tragic consequences to public safety.”

Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza. (San Jose Police Department)

Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza. (San Jose Police Department)

Mayor Sam Liccardo took aim at the Santa Clara County sanctuary policy in a statement following the police press conference:

“It is long overdue for the County to reconsider its current policy of ignoring ICE hold requests for predatory felons, which undermines the safety of the very immigrant communities we collectively seek to protect,” said Liccardo. “The County’s policy has nothing to do with the City’s decades-long policy of declining to have police engage in federal immigration enforcement, which was implemented to protect public safety. In contrast, the current County policy of ignoring detainer requests for individuals arrested for strike offenses and convicted of multiple felonies undermines public safety, and violates common sense. I hope we can restart this conversation to make progress where we all agree: we can both keep our City safe from violent criminals and protect our law-abiding immigrant community.”

County officials also tell KPIX that detainers have been found to be unconstitutional in other states because they violate the fourth amendment protecting individuals from unreasonable search and seizure.

The 24-year-old Carranza was arrested Monday night and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.

Larson was a medical testing company manager and lived alone here with her dog and cat. She was found dead in the bedroom of her home in the 900 block of Knollfield Way in south San Jose on February 89th with several stab wounds across her body, police said.

She attended San Jose State University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and was a manager at medical testing company Roche Sequencing Solutions in San Jose.

Neighbor George Bisceglia told KPIX he is still reeling from the news of his friend’s death and Monday’s arrest.

“Shocking isn’t even close to the word. There’s no words to describe what happened, said Bisceglia. “I mean, people die naturally and you feel bad, but this is a whole other level.”

The coroner’s office said Larson died from “sharp force injuries to the neck and torso.”

Knowing a murderer was on the loose after Larson’s death left the South San Jose neighborhood on edge.

“My daughter just doesn’t want to step out of the house alone, you know?” said neighbor Nitin Miranda.

A memorial has been growing outside of the home where Larson was murdered almost two weeks ago. The circumstances of the crime and whether the suspect knew the victim are still a mystery.

“Until we know the entire story, I don’t know,” said Miranda.

“She was a sweet, beautiful girl. She was a good friend. Always smiling,” remembered Bisceglia.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call San Jose police Detective Mike Drago at (408) 277-5283. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call (408) 947-7867.

KPIX reporter Len Ramirez contributed to this story.

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Comments (29)
  1. Janice Ohlson Husak says:

    If San Jose was not a sanctuary city in California a sanctuary state, this would not have happened.

    1. Susan Spiffley says:

      Had you bothered to read the article, you might have noticed that Santa Clara County was at fault, not the state or SJ.

  2. Ryan Colorado says:

    Another one of Newsom, Harris & Pelosi’s constituents they loves to protect over the rights of legal citizens.

  3. Philip Horner says:

    Thanks Democrats…you did this.

  4. California democrats, there is blood on YOUR hands.

  5. Murder Gavin, how many more?

    Democrats view U.S. citizens as acceptable collateral damage to their future long range goals of flooding the country with refugees & illegal aliens and having taxpayers paying the cost. Democrat politicians and their voters have put families at risk of being victimized by illegal aliens as in the cases Kate Steinly (nothing done) then…. Mollie Tibbetts, (nothing done) and now, Police Cpl. Ronil Singh nothing will be done…who’s next? These victims would be alive today if our border was secured. Google search “illegal alien crime” or “victims.” try not to puke the list is unbelievable. Preventable victimization’s.

    The Border Patrol, DHS, ICE our Military & the Army Corps of Engineers have all endorsed the need for a wall numerous times almost nightly. However, immigration experts Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer disagree, saying the wall won’t work, oh and they also have zero ideas. I’ll go with the opinions of the border patrol not open borders crowd. Barrack Obama’s own border patrol chief, Mark Morgan, has repeatedly stated that walls work. They free up resources to focus on the points of entrances so they can detect more contraband and illegals. Check out the wall on youtube.

    Its Trumps fault!!! LOL. Democrats offer rewards, incentives so…..More caravans on the way. The current migration at our border is costing U.S taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars. Notice how many have made the long, difficult, dangerous journey to our country 8-9 months pregnant? Give birth on American soil and the U.S. taxpayers will not only pay for the birth of you’re child but will also give you state government assistance.

    1. Mack Makia says:

      The Federal Government has to take responsibility for their role in situations like this story. It’s partially ICE’s fault that local and state jurisdictions won’t honor ICE detainers. Here’s why: The local jurisdiction would arrest a person who was also wanted by ICE; ICE would place a detainer on the person (which was honored by the local jurisdiction), then ICE would basically use the jail and/or prison as their free ICE detainee daycare center, leaving ICE detainees in state and local custody for months after their sentence was served. Many counties stopped honoring ICE detainers due to the huge financial burden it caused, not because they were soft on crime or pro illegal immigrant. The added financial burden resulting from housing ICE detainees caused huge budget deficits for local jurisdictions, jobs being eliminated, employee benefits being reduced and substandard or reduced public services. If ICE picked up their detainees in a timely manner keeping local communities from footing the bill for ICE detainees, I’m sure the detainer issue would not exist and the constitutional issue would be eliminated all together. A wall would be nice but hiring more ICE agents to apprehend folks like this guy, would be better. Boots on the ground are more effective in the fight against illegal immigration than a wall will ever be, plus the jobs created will stimulate the economy. Win win! I’m not speaking as a Democrat or Republican. I’m speaking as a middle-class American who worked in law enforcement for nearly 15 years. We need to enforce immigration laws but also understand the need for local jurisdictions to limit the negative impact that federal policy has on their communities. If local jurisdictions were assured they would not incur the financial burden, it would be hard for state and local officials to refuse to honor an ICE detainer. The financial burden helps them justify their position. Eliminate the financial burden and you’ll eliminate the argument. Someone get this 45 and tell him I said you’re welcome! 🙂

  6. Douglas Masnaghetti says:

    Democrats aid and abet murders throughout Ca. They are vile, EVIL miscreants. Filth that needs to be stamped out before they completely destroy our republic.

  7. Carl Mayo says:

    why do people live in california? if you value your life, GET OUT while you can!

  8. Rich Staley says:

    If innocent babies can be aborted for no reason why can’t this POS be blown away for his evil past string of crimes….no court no hearings ..the babies don’t get them why should he. as well as any of the rest of the illegals who commit these crimes.This country and its reactions to these criminals better get repaired before many die at the hands of this trash. Open season on all of them….