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From page A1 | April 12, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A gun stolen from a rural Vacaville home during a December 2013 home invasion robbery has been linked to one of the suspects who faces murder charges for the Feb. 15 shooting death of 16-year-old Naomy Rojas, according to court records filed earlier this week.

Police said they found the gun at the home of Jovan Granado, one of four men who face murder charges for Rojas’ death.

The gun came from a Poplar Road home and was taken during the robbery when residents were tied up and two of them were beaten while the robbers demanding some of their belongings, according to the court documents. A struggle erupted when one of the four suspected robbers, Kyle Amos, allegedly put a gun to the head of a woman. His mask came off and shots were fired, wounding the woman’s 31-year-old son before the four men fled the home.

The robbers left behind more than $570,000 worth of marijuana that was in the house.

Near the crime scene, investigators found a knit beanie cap and had it checked for possible DNA evidence. A single hair in the cap yielded a DNA match with Amos who, being an ex-con on parole, had previously provided a DNA sample to authorities, according to court records. The shooting victim and his mother both identified Amos as the gunman.

Amos was arrested last week and has pleaded not guilty to three armed robbery charges. He is scheduled to return to court April 18 in front of Judge Robert Bowers for a probable cause hearing. He is in jail with bail set at $660,000.

Granado, also an ex-con who had been on parole, is also in jail and faces a murder charge. When he was arrested Feb. 26, police found the stolen gun at his home. Granado told police he bought the gun from a guy he knew named Kyle who he had met at the Fairfield  parole office. A check of parole records revealed only one parolee named Kyle was reporting to that office.

Granado is one of four men who police believe went to a Phoenix Drive apartment complex to confront a person who was with Rojas. Shots were fired around 1:20 a.m. and Rojas was killed. Police said they do not believe she was the target. Her body was discovered a few hours after the shooting behind the apartment complex, near some railroad tracks.

Granado and his codefendants are scheduled to be in court April 25 when a date may be scheduled for their probable cause hearing.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • MattApril 12, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    There are two positives in this article. 1) Paroles who are stupid enough to commit crimes while on parole can be picked up easily and 2) the guys who are suspect in this myrder case are talking. At least police will be able to uncover some details about this whole thing.

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  • DJApril 12, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    Wow, i'm surprised DR didn't provide us with there "street names". Change in policy DR?

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