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SAN JOSE – South Bay authorities are investigating a pair of recent homicides, one of which saw a 59-year-old man assaulted and set on fire near Coyote Creek in San Jose.

Information about the homicides, which do not appear to be related, was released in response to inquiries by this news organization.

San Jose firefighters discovered the first victim about 8:15 p.m. on May 11 while battling a brush fire on the 1800 block of Senter Road, said San Jose police Officer Gina Tepoorten.

Tepoorten said an initial investigation found that the victim had been assaulted and set on fire. The victim, identified as San Jose resident James Milton, was taken to a hospital, where he remained until his death several weeks later.

A suspect, identified as 41-year-old San Jose resident Angel Luis Bass, was arrested at the scene, Tepoorten said. Officers booked him into Santa Clara County jail on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon but later amended the charge to attempted murder.

Tepoorten said Milton was pronounced dead on June 2. His death marked the city’s 14th homicide of the year.

The District Attorney’s Office has yet to amend the booking charge, Tepoorten said.

The second homicide stemmed from a shooting that was reported in the area of West Virginia and Prevost streets in San Jose just before 11 p.m. on June 11. Tepoorten said officers arrived to find 46-year-old Gregory Dominguez suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

Dominguez was taken to a hospital, where he died two days later, Tepoorten said. His death marked the city’s 17th homicide of the year.

Tepoorten said a suspect has not been arrested or identified.

Anyone with information about the first case can contact Detective Sgt. TJ Lewis and Detective Brian Meeker at 408-277-5283, and anyone with information about the second case can contact Detective Sgt. Paul Hamblin and Detective Ken Rak at 408-277-5283.

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SAN DIEGO — A 6-month-old boy was found more than six hours after the child was taken from a home where his mother and grandmother were shot to death, police said.

The baby was found unharmed around 3 p.m. Sunday after being taken from a San Diego home, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

San Diego Police Department Capt. Manny Del Toro said the boy was found with a woman at an apartment complex.

Police Lt. Matt Dobbs said the shooting victims were the boy’s 37-year-old mother and his 65-year-old grandmother. Their names were not immediately released.

Police were searching for 31-year-old Justice Love Peace, the child’s father, who authorities called a person of interest in the case.

Police said they believe Peace left the scene with the boy in a white SUV after the shooting in the city’s Otay Mesa area.

A caller reported hearing gunshots around 8:20 a.m. and officers found the mother in the driveway. She was transported to a hospital, where she died.

Police located the grandmother near the front door, but the woman died before she could be taken to a hospital.

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