Less than 24 hours after a plea for information on a murder suspect, the Medford police have made an arrest. An anonymous tip shortly before noon Wednesday led police to a railroad area near Clark Street. Police arrested Jose Valencia Gaona on a charge of murder in the stabbing death of 38 year old Maria Rodriguez on Sunday. Police Chief Tim George credits an anonymous phone call alerting them to where their suspect was located.
Up to 30-police personnel from various agencies including the Medford SWAT team were actively looking for Valencia Gaona who is facinga murder charge and additional counts in the case.