A man already serving time in prison for a homicide was re-arrested in connection with the murder of an off-duty bus driver eight years ago in Kensington, police announced Wednesday.
Santiago Covarrubias, 40, is the second man to be arrested in the March 20, 2007, shooting death of 38-year-old Damon Green.
Covarrubis had been serving a state prison sentence for an unrelated homicide when he was re-arrested, said San Diego Police Lt. Paul Rorrison.
The SDPD Homicide Cold Case Unit recently uncovered new evidence that led them to Covarrubias, according to Rorrison. The nature of that information was not disclosed.
The first suspect to be identified, 35-year-old Martin Villalpando, was taken into custody at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry as he entered the United States from Tijuana on July 28. He has pleaded not guilty to gang-related murder charges.
Green was involved in an argument with another man at a taco shop on El Cajon Boulevard, Rorrison said. That man and a cohort left, but returned about 10 minutes later.
Green and his companion left the eatery and were confronted by the pair. Following another hostile exchange with Green about 2:30 a.m., one suspect pulled a gun and shot him.
The victim ran off and tried to take refuge at a nearby doughnut shop, but the assailant fired through the front plate-glass window, mortally wounding him, Rorrison said.
Covarrubias is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
—City News Service
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