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Twin brothers investigated in slayings, Stockton police say

Tyrone and Jerone Sotolongo

Stockton police are investigating two documented gang members thought to be linked to four homicides and three additional shootings since 2011, officials said.

But they aren't open-and-shut cases, Officer Joseph Silva said. Detectives believe at least one — maybe both — of the men were involved in each of the incidents. But the 19-year-old suspects are twins, and detectives aren't sure which brother might have been involved in what crime.

"That's definitely a challenge," Silva said.

Tyrone Sotolongo was arrested Friday on charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with a Dec. 2 drive-by shooting that killed a 21-year-old man, police said. His brother, Jerone Sotolongo, was also taken into custody on weapons charges unrelated to the homicide.

But because of information developed in an "active investigation," Silva said, investigators believe one or both of the brothers are connected to the other incidents: two unsolved homicides in 2012, one in 2011, and three other shootings in 2012. Details about those incidents were not immediately available.

The twins have not been arrested or charged in the other cases, Silva said, because prosecutors "want us to do a little bit more work" before they consider charges.

"We just need the community to come up and provide our investigators with that little bit more information so that we can solve these cases .... We know people out there have information on them," Silva said.

The brothers, set to appear in court next month, are being held in San Joaquin County Jail. Tyrone Sotolongo’s bail was set at $4.75 million; Jerone Sotolongo’s bail at $1.35 million.

Anyone with information about the cases are asked to call investigators at (209) 937-8377 or (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous, police said.

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Photo: Tyrone and Jerone Sotolongo. Credit: Stockton Police Department.

 
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