TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Two suspects are in custody Tuesday night after warrants were served for their arrest in connection with the May 7 murder of Canyon Ridge High School student Vason Widaman.
Jose Alvarez and Gerardo Chavez were arrested Tuesday in connection to a May murder of a high school student in Twin Falls.
Gerardo R. Chavez, 19, of Buhl was arrested at a home in the 300 block of Locust Street North just before 4 p.m.
Jose G. Alvarez, 20, of Buhl was picked up earlier in the day during a traffic stop on Highway 30 and Pole Line Road.
Both men face charges of aiding and abetting, intimidation of a witness and homicide.
Many had worried that the case had gone cold after months of inactivity but Twin Falls Police spokesperson Lt. Terry Thueson says they were working diligently to gather crucial evidence.
"You know when that case or that event first occurred we knew it was going to take perseverance to develop the evidence that we needed to develop to get to this point," said Thueson. "We know that this is just the first step of many to ultimately achieve justice for the Widaman family and the community as a whole."
Lt. Thueson says that a SWAT team is common practice when issuing a warrant of this magnitude.
Both men will be arraigned Wednesday.
Twin Falls Police blocked off several blocks of Locust Street Tuesday afternoon while they serve an arrest warrant.
The public is being asked to stay out of the area if at all possible.
Lt. Terry Thueson said the Twin Falls SWAT team is on hand. Police are serving the arrest warrant on the 300 block of Locusts. The street from Heyburn to Filer Avenue has been blocked off.
Police blocked off the road a little after 3 p.m.
A neighbor told KMVT they were given prior notice police would be conducting an operation.
Roads are expected to open soon.
KMVT will provide more information once it becomes available.