The Murder of Jose Aleman

Jose Aleman

On May 3, 2021, Jose Aleman, 24, was left to bleed to death after being stabbed and sliced by Aaron Joel Garcia, 22 and Angel Soto, 31.

Around 10:35pm on May 3, 2021, Jose Aleman, 24, was stabbed to death after getting into an altercation with Aaron Garcia and Angel Soto. Garcia pulled out a knife and stabbed Jose multiple times. Jose was found in the 800 block of Broadway; he was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries around midnight.

Investigators followed a trail of blood from the scene of the crime which led them a few blocks, directly to the home of Garcia. Investigators also secured surveillance video and witness statements that lead them to believe Garcia was responsible for the murder.

Garcia was initially arrested on May 4, 2021, for a warrant that was already out for his arrest for an unrelated manner. He was wearing the same clothing he had on during the murder, had cuts on his hands, and blood on him. Investigators also found a double-edge blade in the garbage. After being arrested, investigators interviewed Garcia, who did not offer up any information about the murder. He was booked on the unrelated charge.

On May 7, 2021, investigators sent DNA taken from Garcia and compared it from a blood sample found on Jose. On May 8, 2021, Aaron Garcia, 22, was arrested for first degree murder.

On May 11, 2021, Angel Soto, 31, was arrested for accessory to murder.

The Kern County Sheriff’s office does not have Angel Soto in their database anymore. Aaron Garcia is due back in court on February 10, 2023.

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