Nashville tourist murder suspects arrested in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. (WKRN/WNCN) – Two suspects in the murder of a California tourist in Nashville last month have been arrested in Raleigh.

UPDATE: 3rd suspect arrested in Nashville tourist murder; 2 others arrested in Raleigh

(Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department)
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Andy Nunez, 22, and his girlfriend, Daniela Cruz, 20, of La Vergne, Tennessee were both wanted for homicide in connection to the murder of Teddy Grasset.

Raleigh police arrested the two on warrants issued by Nashville Metro police. Nunez and Cruz are being held under $1 million bond each.

They were arrested at The Days Inn on Glenwood Avenue.

A third suspect, parolee 25-year-old Joseph Santillan is also being sought by police in the case. Nashville police said Santillan is the owner of the Chevy Impala used in the crime.

He was also arrested for aggravated robbery Oct. 4, 2012. He was convicted of a lesser charge in March 2015. A citizen’s tip led police to connect Santillan to the murder, police said.

Grasset, who was visiting from California with a friend, was killed in what’s being called an attempted robbery on Fourth Avenue South near the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Sept. 25.

Surveillance shows Grasset, 30, was killed without provocation after he and his friend were approached by two people who exited a Chevy Impala.

One suspect got out of the passenger side and the other from the rear passenger side.

Police say the gunman, who was the front seat passenger, wore a black hooded sweatshirt and light pants.

The rear seat passenger wore a white ball cap, a dark short sleeve pullover shirt and what appear to be jeans. He wore black tennis shoes with white soles. The driver of the Impala remained in the vehicle.

The Impala used during the crime was recovered by police at a local auto shop. Both bumpers had been replaced and the highly identifiable blue light on the vehicle’s license place had been removed.

The spoiler on the trunk had also been removed.

“The investigation to this point leads us to believe that the persons indicted in this case had traveled into downtown for the purpose of finding vulnerable victims to rob,” said Chief Steve Anderson.

Grasset was shot in the back as he attempted to run, court documents show.

Police said the suspects did not take anything from the victims.

A Tennessee Grand Jury returned first-degree murder indictments against Nunez, Cruz and Santillan.

Both suspects are currently being held in the Wake County Detention Center.

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