Oakland man now facing two murder charges over a two-day crime spree

OAKLAND — Eighteen months after he was arrested and charged in connection with a Sept. 28, 2020 home invasion robbery and homicide, an Oakland man has been hit with a new murder charge alleging he shot and killed a man under similar circumstances just two days later.

Gregory Ignacio, 44, was charged Tuesday with murdering Noel Santillán Reséndiz Jr., 36, in a Sept. 30, 2020 shooting. Authorities say Santillán Reséndiz was killed inside a home on the 2400 block of International Boulevard and that someone dumped his body in West Oakland, on the 2000 block of Wood Street.

Ignacio has been in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin since November 2020, when he was identified as one of three people responsible for a home invasion robbery in which two victims were shot, one fatally. In that case, authorities have named Ignacio as one of two people suspected of fatally shooting 29-year-old Daniel Lucero during a robbery on the 1700 block of Church Street.

In this case, an Oakland police investigator wrote in court records that Ignacio was identified as Santillán Reséndiz’s killer through “witnesses, video surveillance, and social media evidence.” They allege he was armed with an AR-style rifle and was “one of the individuals responsible” for the homicide.

Ignacio has also been charged with gun possession in relation to the Sept. 30, 2020 shooting. He has prior convictions for gun possession, according to the criminal complaint.

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A GoFundMe page for Santillán Reséndiz says he is survived by his son, mother, grandmother, and brother.

“He will always be remembered as the goofy person, who always made us laugh, he was always laughing and saying jokes,” the page says. “He was finally on the way to recovery and had many plans for himself and his son to look forward to.”