Cold Case Squad cracks '07 slaying

NORCROSS - Less than a month after its formation, the Gwinnett Police Department's Cold Case Squad has made its first arrests.

Arrest warrants for felony murder were issued Tuesday for Jairo Arturo Reyna-Ozuna, 24, and Ernesto Escobar, 23, both of Norcross. The men are accused of gunning down 16-year-old David Hernandez at a Norcross gas station on Aug. 5, 2007.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said Reyna-Ozuna was arrested without incident Tuesday night at his home while a warrant will be served on Escobar at the DeKalb County Jail, where he has been held since June on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana and theft by receiving stolen property, jail records show.

"Our investigators, as we began to re-examine the case, conducted numerous interviews. Through those interviews, the two subjects were identified in the murder of David Hernandez," Schiralli said. "Our investigation has revealed, we believe, the murder was gang-related."

Schiralli said police believe Hernandez was a member of the Surenos-13 gang while the suspects are allegedly affiliated with the MS-13 gang.

According to the initial incident report, Hernandez was working at the Shell station at 4840 Jimmy Carter Boulevard when he was shot. Police said his then-14-year-old brother was helping him paint parking lines outside the station when gunshots rang out from a nearby woodline. When the shots ceased, reports said, Hernandez had been shot under his left arm pit. He later died at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Police believe Reyna-Ozuna supplied the gun Escobar used to fire the fatal shot.

Schiralli said more arrests are possible.

"It is still an active case and there might be more people involved," he said.