Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza was arrested by San Jose police for allegedly killing Bambi Larson.

San Jose Police Department

Suspect In Murder Of San Jose Woman Was Undocumented Immigrant With Numerous Arrests: Police

Bob Butler
March 12, 2019 - 8:11 pm

SAN JOSE —The suspect busted for allegedly fatally stabbing a San Jose woman in her home was in the country illegally despite an extensive criminal record, police said. 

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia revealed more details about the arrest of Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, and the murder of Bambi Larson, 59, at press conference on Tuesday afternoon. 

Arevalo Carranza is an admitted gang member from El Salvador, Garcia said, who is currently on probation for drug charges, false imprisonment and burglary. Immigration authorities had placed "detainers" on him six times — twice in the Los Angeles area and four times in Santa Clara county — Garcia said. He was also described as a transient when police announced his arrest earlier in the day. 

He stabbed Larson, the mother of adult children and a manager at a biotech business, in her home in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood in February, but was not connected to her slaying until police arrested him on March 10 for allegedly possessing methamphetamine, according to Garcia.

DNA collected from him during the latest drug arrest linked him to evidence collected from the murder investigation, Garcia said. 

"Critical evidence was recovered along the suspect's path of egress on Knollfield [Way>, including t-shirts, which contained the victim's blood and the suspect's DNA," Garcia said. 

Surveillance footage shows him entering and exiting Larson's home as well, authorities said. 

Arevalo Carranza's status an an undocumented immigrant could politicize the case, but Garcia hoped it would not erode trust between cops and migrants who had committed no other crimes. 

"Those undocumented individuals who are not violent or serious criminals should not fear the police," Garcia said.