2 suspects in Nashville tourist murder arrested in North Carolina; 3rd suspect sought

Andy Nunez and Daniela Cruz (Courtesy: State of North Carolina)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two suspects in the murder of a California tourist in Nashville last month have been arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina, while authorities continue to search for a third suspect.

Andy Nunez, 22, and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Daniela Cruz of La Vergne, Tennessee, were both wanted for homicide in connection to the Sept. 25 murder of Teddy Grasset.

Raleigh police arrested the two Thursday night at a Raleigh motel on warrants issued by Metro police after authorities received information they might be in that area.

The third suspect, parolee 25-year-old Joseph Santillan, of Antioch, was arrested two days after Nunez and Cruz.

Grasset, who was visiting Nashville from California with a friend, was killed in an attempted robbery on Fourth Avenue South near Demonbreun Street.

Metro police told News 2 Grasset and a friend were walking down 4th Avenue toward Korean Veterans Boulevard when a gray Chevrolet Impala, owned by Santillan, pulled up behind them and two men got out of the car. The driver remained inside the vehicle.

According to police, one of the suspects fired a shot and hit Grasset, who was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he later died. The second victim was not injured.

(Photo: MNPD)

Metro police developed all three as suspects due to a citizen’s tip.

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 plate 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.

Both Nunez and Cruz are currently being held in the Wake County jail in North Carolina.

Santillan had previously been arrested by Metro police for aggravated robbery on Oct. 4, 2012. He was convicted on a lesser charge of robbery in March 2015 and received a six-year sentence.

Nunez and Cruz both appeared before a judge Friday afternoon on the charges.

Daniela Cruz (Courtesy: WNCN)
Daniela Cruz (Courtesy: WNCN)
Andy Nunez (Courtesy: WNCN)
Andy Nunez (Courtesy: WNCN)


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