Friday, November 28, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Police catch 2 suspects in Travion Court killing

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Fairfield Police and SWAT team members surround a house on Vel Place in Fairfield, Friday. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | April 26, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — An elaborate surveillance operation by Fairfield police launched in the predawn hours Friday paid off with the arrests in the evening of two suspects in the recent shooting death of a young father at Travion Court.

Police confirmed the arrests but declined to identify the suspects. They said the investigation was ongoing and expected to last through most of the night.

Officers had been searching for the killers of 27-year-old Gustavo Banda, who died shortly after he made his way to the emergency room of NorthBay Medical Center at around 10:40 p.m. April 19 accompanied by a 15-year-old boy who had also been shot.

One of the targets of the surveillance was a Vel Place duplex near Woolner Avenue. One of the suspects was seen driving to the duplex in the afternoon.

After confirming the identification of the suspect, a team of police officers swarmed the duplex shortly after 6:30 p.m. They had seen three other men there a short time earlier.

With many rifles and guns aimed at them, three men from the house followed police commands and came out of the house one at a time, surrendering to authorities. A fourth man remained in the house, prompting police to call out a SWAT team to storm the duplex.

As SWAT team members were staging in front of the house, the fourth man came to the open front doorway and surrendered. Taking no chances, the SWAT team searched the house, announcing their entry with shouts and a flash-bang device that was tossed into the entryway. The search turned up no one else in the house.

With the four men sitting in separate police cars, a search of the house began but was interrupted when a Ford Expedition linked to their investigation was seen a short distance away, driving toward the duplex.

The Ford was stopped as it turned onto Vel Place and several police officers rushed the car, guns drawn, surrounding it. Six women were taken out of the Ford, one at a time. At least one of them was arrested while some of them were later released. One juvenile was turned over to her upset mother shortly before 9 p.m.

The Ford and a sedan at the duplex were later towed by police and several pieces of evidence were taken from the duplex during a search that took several hours.

All four men from the house were taken to the police station.

Lt. Stephen Crane said late Friday night that no information about the investigation would be released until Saturday.

Banda’s sister said earlier this week that Banda, a father of two, had been set up just before the shooting by a phone call he received while at a party at a Travion Court residence.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. 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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  • Christine in FFApril 26, 2014 - 12:32 am

    That's a start!

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  • CD BrooksApril 26, 2014 - 6:44 am

    Captured is good. Sentenced and put away better. Not sure what to expect anymore.

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  • LarryApril 26, 2014 - 7:36 am

    CD, the judicial system does not work in the manner that we are custom too, and for that reason we don't like it. Some of the factors are: what evidence do they have? any witness to the crime? was there any constitutional rights violated that a judge must throw out. These are the many questions that you have to ask yourself. I been a juror three times, and on each one you cannot have personal opinion just the facts. The Police must have all the facts and a GOOD prosecutor should deliver those facts to the juror to have a conviction.

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  • CD BrooksApril 26, 2014 - 7:47 am

    Larry, totally aware of that and have sat on many juries myself. I want justice as much as the next guy but cases of late have not gone well for our local system. I'm hoping they got this one right but not holding my breath.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 26, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Mr. Bluford, facts do not matter in a broken horrible Communist State. From what I see, yours is a society of rotten governme t employees and a growing welfare / illegal alien underclass. Both entities are equally disgusting. You sat on a jury after being convicted of felonies? How is that possible? Oh I forgot---see my first two sentences in this reply.

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  • Eye WitnessApril 26, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    Uhhhh, Duh!!!! Nothing has changed when it comes to prosecuting criminal cases. But thanks for the sidewalk psychology view.

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  • RoyApril 26, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Good job FPD....Be better if we could figure out how to nuke all of Vel Place. Can think of a few others too.

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  • proudmommymelissaApril 26, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    All of vel Pl .....? Many have lived there for years including my inlaws so not all have issues smh people should think befor they speak there are many other neighborhoods with thier problem people just cause this one gets in the news now doesnt mean its all bad full of violance or negativity or illegal behavior. I dont understand the point of negative or rude comments either. We are all human with lives familys and feelings. Being negative on this site just might upset these peoples familys feelings. For gosh sake thier kids maybe reading this just imagin what your words are doing to them. Enough said.

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  • paqkleaderApril 26, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    "My baby would never kill another person..he's a loving son with a heart the size of Texas.."...Yah and the sky is green! Drop the hammer on these losers!

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  • WellThisIsDepressingApril 26, 2014 - 8:25 pm

    I am glad for the arrests but Fairfield is still unsafe & I worry sick for my family. Even when were inside our apartment, I hear gunshots and constant sirens. I want to move but have no money as I'm disabled and so is my son. As far as Vel, come on!! Kids live there. Have a heart.

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  • oh wellApril 28, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    A young father? Or how about a young gang member who came to northern Cali? A man who loved family and laughter ????! This guy who has died was not a a loving man. Nor a family man. Has anyone seen mr. Bandas Facebook? He is posing throwing up his gang signs. Blue bandanas and him holding guns. . Not to mention the devil horns on his head. Smh. No one needs to feel sorry for him. Maybe his kids. I didn't see any pictures of children on his Facebook lol quit making a big deal about this man who loved family and laughter. A great father . sike!

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