Mountain View Voice

News - March 4, 2011

2004 homicide case remains open

Police have new leads, offer $10 K for info on Fernandez slaying

by Nick Veronin

Mountain View police have new leads in a cold-case homicide investigation. There's an unclaimed reward of $10,000 for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for gunning down Alejandro Fernandez, who was shot and killed on Rengstorff Avenue in 2004.

A police spokeswoman said that the department has always hoped to solve the case, and that new information has come to light indicating that the case could be closed, although she wouldn't say what that information was.

Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department, said detectives have uncovered new leads in the case, but they do not have any suspects at this time.

Because of the time that has passed since Fernandez was killed on Sept. 24, 2004, and the new information that has recently come to light, Wylie said the police department felt it was appropriate to remind the community about the reward, which may be collected — in full or in part — completely anonymously, so long as an arrest and conviction result from the information given.

Those who wish to provide tips to the police can call the department, be assigned an identification number without ever giving their name and may even be paid without ever identifying themselves or testifying in court, Wylie said.

"People know who did it, or they think they do," Wylie said, noting that Fernandez's murder had always struck her and others in the department as tragic. Fernandez was only 17 years old at the time he was shot while riding his bike in the 500 block of S. Rengstorff Avenue.

"Homicide cases are never closed until they're solved," said Liz Wylie, referring to the Fernandez case. "This case has always remained something we've actively worked on."

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 650-903-6395. Wylie said tipsters will be given an ID number and will be asked to call back in a few months time to see if their information has led to any arrests.

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