The FBI and the Santa Rosa Police Department are seeking the public's help in locating a man
charged with allegedly committing a gang-related murder in Santa Rosa, Calif. on January 15,
Richard Puentes, Jr., 35, was charged with murder and a federal arrest warrant was issued on
March 23, 2005 by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San
According to the complaint, on January 15, 2005, Puentes, Jr. and two other suspects allegedly
knocked on the door of an apartment in Santa Rosa. When a female resident opened the door to
allow the three suspects inside, Puentes, Jr. allegedly pulled out a handgun and began shooting.
One victim was shot and killed and a second was wounded before the suspects fled.
Puentes, Jr. is a male, Hispanic, 35 years of age, 5'8" to 5'9", and weighs about 190 lbs. He has
black hair and brown eyes and has several moles on his face. He also has ties to Meridian,
Mississippi, and Everett, Washington.
The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at 415-553-7400 in the San Francisco area. All calls are
An FBI Wanted Poster of the suspect is available and attached to this press release.
Members of the media should call Public Affairs Specialist Julianne Sohn at 415-553-7450
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