Felton man arrested in Santa Cruz killing
by PB staff
Jun 02, 2010 | 2583 views | 4 4 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
James Alexander Oehler
James Alexander Oehler
A 23-year-old Felton man was arrested last week on suspicion of shooting and killing a man along Branciforte Creek at Dakota Avenue in Santa Cruz on May 28 in what appeared to be a drug-related crime.

James Alexander Oehler of Felton was arrested the day after the shooting when he was found at the crime scene, apparently trying to retrieve the weapon, a semiautomatic handgun.

Santa Cruz police found 26-year-old Bryan Young, a transient who lived at the Coral Street Shelter in Santa Cruz, with gunshot wounds at the levee along Branciforte Creek on May 28. Young was airlifted to a Santa Clara-area trauma center and died as a result of the wounds.

After the shooting, police said, witnesses reported a man and two women running from the area.

During the following investigation, a police K-9 found the handgun buried under several inches of dirt amid thick underbrush and poison oak. Narcotics were also found nearby.

At 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 29, police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a suspicious person at the crime scene. Officers arrived to find Oehler, who appeared to be looking for the discarded weapon.

Oehler fled from officers, who pursued him through the neighborhood. He was arrested and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of homicide and other related charges.

Young was a transient with a significant criminal history of drug-related arrests, including most recently an arrest in May for having methamphetamine for sale.
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January 10, 2013
starbucks was a faggot

June 09, 2010
this was my friend that was killed i hope James ends up doing alot of time and is punished for what he has done to our family and friends
The Matchmaker
June 03, 2010
Hitch him up with the Horse Humper, and put them out to pasture in Montana for a honeymoon. They would make good wolf feed.
no brainer
June 02, 2010
what a douche bag!!!

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