|Affiliation||Los Angeles Police Department|
|Division||Major Crimes Division|
|Family|| Ramona Sanchez (mother) |
Oscar Sanchez (brother, deceased)
6 Unnamed Siblings
|Played by||Raymond Cruz|
|First appearance||The Closer (Pilot)|
Before being assigned to the Priority Homicide Division (later Major Crimes Division), Sanchez worked for the LAPD's gang intelligence unit. As such, he is the unit's go-to guy for information about local gangs. As of the start of The Closer, he had been a widower for two years, but has never taken off his wedding ring. He had a brother, Oscar, who was killed in Sudden Death as collateral damage in a gang conflict.
Sanchez is known by the team as one of the most compassionate out of the group. He came back to work even after he was shot not too long before. He also has the tendency to interrogate suspects with physical force and anger, which has actually helped the unit solve crimes more often than not. Sanchez is well liked by his colleagues in spite of his aggressive interrogation tactics.
During "Internal Affairs", Julio is framed for the murder of his mother's nurse who had been stealing from her. While he was ultimately cleared of all charges, he was forced to go to anger management courses as a result of his aggressive interrogation tactics being discovered by FID. He also moved back in with his mother so she would have the support she needed.
It was revealed during "A Rose is a Rose" that during the the summer break between Season 3 and Season 4 he had been suspended for five months without pay for his beating of Markos Christakis. After his return, he seems to have a better control of his anger issues though Flynn is distant from him.
At the end of "Sorry I Missed You", after sympathizing with a suspect who murdered a doctor he blamed for his daughter's suicide, he explains to the squad the source of his anger problems: years before he was married to a woman who had a seizure disorder. The doctors said it was safe for her to go off her medication and she got pregnant with their first child, a baby girl and while driving to the grocery store, had a seizure and a car accident. It took her four days to die and he lost both his wife and unborn child. Julio's comments to the suspect indicate he may have tried to sue the doctor for malpractice but was told that "these things just happen." The deaths of his wife and daughter due to what he believes to be doctor incompetence left him with a great anger that he can't get over and let go. His revelation elects great sympathy from the squad and he's fully accepted back. Before he had been considering leaving due to the distance of his co-workers, particularly Flynn who makes an overt gesture of acceptance after his story.
|The Closer Characters|
|Brenda Leigh Johnson • Sharon Raydor • Fritz Howard • Will Pope • Russell Taylor • David Gabriel • Louie Provenza • Andy Flynn • Michael Tao • Julio Sanchez • Irene Daniels • Buzz Watson • Dr. Morales|
|Major Crimes Characters|
|Sharon Raydor • Louie Provenza • Andy Flynn • Michael Tao • Julio Sanchez • Amy Sykes • Rusty Beck • Fritz Howard • Russell Taylor • Dr. Morales|