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Police seek three in theater slaying

May 22, 2014

By Jason Anderson, The Record, Stockton, Calif.

May 22--STOCKTON -- An "overwhelming response" from the public has helped Stockton police identify three people of interest in the shooting death of 30-year-old Francisco Erubey Sanchez, authorities said.

Investigators on Wednesday released the names and photographs of three men who are wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting, which occurred April 25 outside the downtown Stockton movie complex.

Jimmie Zavala, 24, is a documented gang member who stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds with brown hair and green eyes, police said.

Michael Moreno, 24, is 6 feet 3 inches tall and 240 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, and he usually wears glasses, authorities said.

Miguel Gallardo, 19, another documented gang member, is 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, police said.

Investigators identified the persons of interest two days after holding a news conference to release surveillance video that showed six suspects entering Misaki's Restaurant shortly before Sanchez was shot to death at adjoining Janet Leigh Plaza.

Authorities believe the killer is one of the six people seen in the video, said Officer Joe Silva, a spokesman for the Police Department. Crime Stoppers tips helped detectives identify three of the men in the video, Silva said.

"Detectives felt it was important to hold the press conference so they could provide an update on the case and also to release the video," Silva said. "Once we were able to put out the video, we received an overwhelming response from our community with people calling Crime Stoppers and submitting tips through our Facebook page. Identifying three people from that video will allow our investigators to do follow-up with those three to determine what, if any, involvement they had in the shooting."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000. Callers can remain anonymous.

Cellphone users can text information to 274637 by entering the keyword "TIPSPD" followed by their tips. Internet users can visit the Police Department's Facebook page and click "Submit a Tip."

Contact reporter Jason Anderson at (209) 546-8279 or Follow him at and on Twitter @stockton911.


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