Pair Arrested After Robber Turns Into Double Homicide

posted by Ian Wheatley -

Syracuse, N.Y. - Syracuse Police are arresting two men following a drug related robbery that turned into a double murder on Avery Ave in Syracuse last month.

Jose Castro and Arturo Resto Figuero were found shot to death inside an apartment on Avery Avenue on September 25th.

Police say that there was such a fury of gunfire inside the apartment that it activated a smoke detector in the unit and triggered the fire alarm for the building. In the confusion, nobody called police about the gunshots. Police eventually were called to the murder scene when a friend discovered Castro and Figuero shot in their apartment.

Police on Wednesday, after a more than two week investigation, arrested Rene DeJesus in New York City. He’s charged with first degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and attempted robbery.

Brian Montanez was arrested on Thursday in Syracuse.  He’s charged with second degree murder and attempted robbery.

Both are being held at the Justice Center.

This investigation is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Syracuse Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at (315) 442-5222. Anonymous tips may also be submitted using the “SPD Tips” app for your iPhone or Android Device.  



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