Man, 45, is charged with cold-case murder of a 22-year-old barber who was shot twice in the head while sat in his car 21 years ago
- Police in Bay Area arrested Paea Tasini, 45, for the September 2000 murder of 22-year-old Danny Guyse in Pittsburg, California
- Tasini faces additional charge of attempted murder in connection with shooting of Kenneth Brown Jr in January 2000
- Tasini was arrested three years after cold-case detective first learned of his alleged involvement in Guyse’s death
- Charges against Tasini were filed after police served search warrants and obtained unspecified critical evidence
Police in California have arrested a suspect in connection with a 2000 cold-case murder of a 22-year-old barber, who was found shot to death inside his car.
The Pittsburg Police Department in the Bay Area on Thursday announced the arrest on Paea Tasini, 45, for the murder of Danny Guyse.
Tasini, of Elk Cove, was also charged with attempted murder in connection with a separate shooting that also took place in 2000.
Police in the Bay Area have arrested Paea Tasini, 45 (not pictured), for the September 2000 murder of 22-year-old Danny Guyse (left, and right with his mom) in Pittsburg, California
Guyse was found shot twice in the head behind the wheel of his car in the 1600 block of Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg, California, on September 27, 2000
According to the police, Tasini’s arrest 21 years later came after cold-case detectives served a search warrant and obtained new evidence ‘critical to the case.’
The case began unfolding on the night of September 27, 2000, when police in Pittsburg received a 911 call about a man who had been shot while sitting in his car at 1605 Railroad Avenue.
The victim, Guyse, was found slumped over the steering wheel with two gunshots to the head. He was taken to Sutter Delta Medical Center, where he died of his injuries less than an hour later.
The victim was remembered as a talented young barber who was about to start a new job as a custodian at Pittsburg Unified School District, reported East Bay Times.
The only lead detectives had at the time was that the gunman possibly fled the scene of the shooting in a light-colored Ford Mustang.
Guyse was remembered as a talented young barber who was about to start a new job as a custodian at Pittsburg Unified School District
The case was ultimately assigned to the police department’s cold-case unit, which spent the next 20 years looking into numerous persons of interests and suspects.
A break in the case came in 2019, when detectives identified Tasini as a possible suspect. Police have not said what led them to him.
After securing a search warrant and obtaining new information related to the case, detectives took it to the Contra Costs Attorney’s Office for review.
DailyMail.com on Friday reached out to the police seeking comment on the cold-case investigation.
On Wednesday, prosecutors filed a criminal complaint, charging Tasini for Guyse’s murder and for the January 2000 shooting of Kenneth Brown Jr. The suspect was arrested at his home in Elk Cove that same evening.
Tasini remained jailed on $10million bond at the Martinez Detention Facility on Friday.