BLANCHARD, Oklahoma (CBS SF) — A man suspected in the targeted shooting death of a Bay Area rap artist outside a bank in San Mateo in December was arrested in Oklahoma following what police called a round-the-clock investigation.
San Mateo police detectives arrested Isiaih Reupena, 34, at his home in Blanchard Thursday morning without incident. He was taken to a local jail where he now awaits extradition to San Mateo County.READ MORE: San Jose Launches 'SJ Aspires' College Tuition Assistance Program For 700 Students
On December 19 at about 9:25 a.m., officers responding to a report of a shooting arrived at the Wells Fargo bank branch at 81 W. Hillsdale Blvd. to find a unresponsive man who was pronounced dead on the scene. He was identified as 30-year-old Melota Lemafa Lasi, Jr. of San Jose, a rap artist who performed under the name Cutty Banks.
Witnesses told police a gunman wearing a black hoodie shot at the man at least five times before fleeing on foot. At the time, police said the shooting was targeted and an isolated incident not involving the bank.READ MORE: COVID Reopening: 2021 Alameda County Fair To Proceed In October
Within a few days of the homicide, detectives located a white Mercedes abandoned in Southern California linked to the shooting, police said. Security camera footage showed the Mercedes driver matched descriptions of the gunman provided by witnesses.
Other investigative leads led detectives to identify Reupena as the suspect. At about 6 a.m., multiple law enforcement agencies served an arrest warrant at Reupena’s home, where he was arrested.
San Mateo police said detectives worked with investigators throughout San Mateo County, Southern Californa and the Oklahoma District 21 Task Force to find and arrest Reupena.MORE NEWS: Vallejo Emerging As One of the Hottest Real Estate Markets in Nation During Pandemic
No motive was disclosed in the killing. Anyone with additional information about the case was encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Paul Pak at (650) 522-7660 or email@example.com. Anonymous tips can be submitted to http://tinyurl.com/SMPDTips or by calling (650) 522-7676.