Unidentified Suspects Wanted for
Attempted Murder in Vista
Up to $1,000 Reward Offered
February 26, 2013
San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Vista Station are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate unknown suspects wanted for attempted murder. On February 24, 2013 at 8:30 a.m., a 52‐year‐old Hispanic man was contacted by three unknown Hispanic males while walking his dog near 223 Smilax Road in Vista. The suspects were in a black or green four‐door, mid 1990s Honda. While the suspects were in their car, they asked the victim for directions then demanded his money. When the victim refused, two of the three suspects exited the vehicle and attacked him. After a brief struggle, the third suspect got out of the car, with a handgun, and fired several shots at the victim as he ran across the street. The victim was struck in the head by one of the rounds fired from the suspect’s handgun and collapsed. The suspect walked up to the victim and pointed the handgun to his chest. While they struggled over the gun another suspect struck the victim in the head with an unknown object. The suspects fled the scene in their Honda.
Description of Suspects:
Suspect #1 is described as a Hispanic male about 20 years of age. He’s approximately
5’02” tall with a medium build and black hair. He was last seen wearing a white shirt,
black jacket and baggy denim blue jeans.
Suspect #2 is described as a Hispanic male about 20 years of age. He’s approximately
5’08” tall with a medium build. He has black hair and a mustache. He was last seen
wearing a brown shirt, unknown pant description.
Suspect #3 is described as a Hispanic male about 20 years of age. He is approximately
6’0” tall with a thin build. He has black hair and mustache. Unknown clothing
Vehicle Description: Black or green four‐door mid 1990s Honda.
If anyone has information on the location of the suspect, please contact the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580‐8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via http://www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
Media inquiries about the case can be directed to Det. John Boyce at (760) 940‐4912.
Media inquiries about Crime Stoppers can be directed to either Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531‐1547 or Officer James Johnson at (619) 531‐1500.
For information leading to an arrest, you could receive up to a $1,000 reward and remain anonymous. The qualification of any person(s) for the reward and the amount of the reward for any person(s) so qualifying will be determined by San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Inc, in its sole discretion. The amount of all rewards given shall not exceed $1,000. Information must be received on the tip line, (888) 580‐8477.