DEATH IN VISTA
Vista Village Drive/Plymouth Drive, Vista
June 23, 9:37 p.m.
Deputies responded to the report of a person down. The first deputy arrived on scene and came upon Nathan Benjamin Freeman, a 25-year-old male, lying in the street, the victim of multiple stab wounds. Within minutes paramedics and fire personnel arrived. The victim was then transported to Palomar Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to Lt. Dennis Brugos, the circumstances surrounding this incident are unknown and still under investigation. Investigators have no idea what Freeman, a Carlsbad resident, was doing in the area prior to the assault. "We're trying to get answers on why he was in that part of town," says Brugos. "At this point, we really don't have any answers."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Detail or Crime Stoppers.
DEATH IN A TRASH CAN
1412 Naranca, El Cajon
June 24, 11:18 a.m.
El Cajon Police dispatch received a call reporting a body. Patrol officers responded to the scene and found a body in a trash can on the side of a vacant house. The body had begun to decompose and appeared to have been there for some time. Detectives from the Homicide Unit were called to the scene to conduct an investigation. During the investigation, detectives were contacted by a female who said her son had been involved in a motorcycle accident, as the rider, on June 17, about a block away from where the body had been found. She said that he had not been seen since the day of the accident.
Detectives learned that there had in fact been a motorcycle accident at Main and I-8 on June 17 at 1:14 p.m. The rider of the motorcycle fled on foot from the scene prior to the arrival of the CHP and El Cajon Police. A search was conducted by El Cajon Police and officers, but the motorcyclist was not located.
Upon removing the body from the trash can, the decedent was identified as Anthony Dale Snow, 36, of Alpine. It appears as if Snow might have tried to hide in the trash can after running from the scene of the accident, for reasons unknown. The body was removed from the scene by personnel from the medical examiner's office.
A HIT OR A RANDOM SHOOTING?
700 41st Street, Mt. Hope
June 26, 2:19 a.m.
The victim was attending a party. Witnesses reported seeing a Cadillac Escalade, occupied by four Hispanic males, circling the block prior to the shooting. The Escalade stopped in the street; several of the males exited the car and walked toward where the victim was standing. The suspect(s) shot the victim and fled from the scene. Police identified the man as Ivan Angel Renteria, 25. The motive of the crime is not known, says Lt. Kevin Rooney.
THREE STABBED, ONE DIES
1020 Redwood Avenue, El Cajon
June 26, 9:50 p.m.
El Cajon Police received a 911 call regarding a stabbing. Officers found the 17-year-old victim lying on the sidewalk in front of the address. El Cajon Fire Department paramedics began lifesaving measures, but their efforts were unsuccessful and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Fifteen minutes later, a second call regarding a stabbing victim was received from the 200 block of Lincoln, approximately a half-mile from the location of the first homicide. A third stabbing victim was located at Grossmont Hospital. None of these two victims' injuries were life threatening. The additional victims were also juveniles, and it was determined that all three victims had been walking on Redwood when they were confronted by a group of individuals in front of 1020 Redwood. A fight broke out, and all three victims were stabbed.
The identities of the suspects are unknown at this time, says Lt. Tim Henton, and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the El Cajon Police Department at 619-579-3311.
FOSTER CHILD DIES FROM APPARENT ABUSE
900 South 45th Street, Mountain View
June 29, 8:30 p.m.
Paramedics were dispatched to assist a two-year-old foster child in distress. The child, later identified as Malachi Roberts-McBride, was taken to Children's Hospital. Doctors determined that he had devastating brain injury and bruises to his body. Detectives from the Child Abuse Detail made an initial investigation, and when doctors declared young Malachi's death imminent, the SDPD Homicide Unit took over, according to Lt. Kevin Rooney.
Detectives interviewed the foster mother, Linda Coleman, 47, and deduced that her version of what happened was inconsistent with Malachi's injuries.
Malachi died on June 29. An autopsy was done on July 1. The medical examiner's finding revealed that the boy's death was due to injuries caused by blunt force trauma.
On July 3, Linda Coleman surrendered to the Homicide Unit at police headquarters. She was booked for one count of murder.
A FATAL SHOT IN LINCOLN ACRES
2700 Vista Way, National City
July 5, 1:00 a.m.
Sheriff's Communication Center received a 911 call of a shooting that took place in the unincorporated area of National City known as Lincoln Acres. Deputies responded to the incident and located an injured male on the street with an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics and firefighters arrived on scene and tried, unsuccessfully, to save the man's life.
At 1:27 a.m. the victim was pronounced dead. Detectives from the Sheriff's Homicide Detail responded to the scene and took over the investigation. They have identified the victim as James Robert Trinidad. A motive for this homicide has not been established, says Sergeant Roy Frank.
MURDER-SUICIDE AT THE MARINA
333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego
July 7, 7:45 p.m.
A guest on the seventh floor of the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina heard a female screaming in the room next to his, followed by several gunshots. He notified security. Security called police and evacuated guests on the floor. Police entered the room and found the bodies of a male and a female.
"Based on the positions of the body and the evidence at the scene," states Lt. Kevin Rooney, "it appears the male shot the female to death before turning the weapon on himself." The medical examiner's office released the identities of the deceased as Harold M. Kent, 54, and his apparent girlfriend Lisa K. Walsh, 43. Both worked as physical trainers and may have been in town for a fitness convention, according to the medical examiner's office.