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Cold Cases 2001 - 2005

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Victim #1: Alexander Sebastian Ceballos (fatal
Victim #2: Edgar Morgado (non-fatal)

Date: January 28, 2001

Address: 900 Merlin Drive

Synopsis: On the evening of January 28, 2001, Alexander Ceballos drove Edgar Morgado to visit a female friend. While Morgado was talking to the female friend her former boyfriend (the father of her two children) arrived. The former boyfriend and Morgado had words but didn’t come to blows.

As Morgado was leaving, two young gang members (pee-wees) were standing in the street. They called out to him, “East Side Rascals.” Morgado turned and faced them and said, “What?” One said “This is what’s up!” and started shooting at Morgado. As a result of the shooting Morgado was wounded, and survived; but Ceballos died of his wounds. Morgado was interviewed in the hospital and provided descriptions of the two suspects.

Suspect #1 was the shooter. He is a Hispanic male with slicked back, collar-length hair. He had a short mustache and a short beard on the tip of his chin. He was about 5’8” tall, weighing about 135 pounds. He wore a black, long-sleeved sweater with two gray stripes across both sleeves as well as the chest area. He had on black “Dickie” type pants, which were clean, creased and baggie. He was about 15 to 16 years old. He was wearing Chuck Taylor Converse brand sneakers.

Suspect #2 is either a black male or a dark complected Puerto Rican male, 15 to 18 years of age. He had very short hair, approximately 5’10”, about 180 pounds. He was wearing gray pants and a black sweater. He was also wearing Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers. Morgado said that this suspect didn’t say anything; just stood next to the shooter during the confrontation.


Victim: Luis Felipe Rodriguez

Date: November 26, 2005

Address: 1299 Camino del Rio South - Club Rio

Synopsis: Patrol officers responded to a report of a gunshot heard at Club Rio at the above listed address. The officers entered the building and found Luis Rodriguez, age 21, on the floor bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen. He later died as a result of his wound.
Earlier in the evening a verbal altercation occurred between a bouncer at the club and a bar patron who had supposedly ‘disrespected the bouncer’s girlfriend.’ After the bouncer ended his shift, he returned to the club to look for the bar patron for the purpose of taking him outside to fight.Another bouncer went with him to look for the bar patron but the two were separated before locating the patron. Moments later a gunshot was heard from the crowded dance floor. The bouncer quickly made his way to the stairs and outside where he fled the scene.


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Victim: William Stormo

Date: February 8, 2001

Address: 2930 Broadway Street

Synopsis: On the morning of February 8, 2001, SDPD Communications received an anonymous 911 call from a restaurant on Adams Avenue. The male caller reported finding his friend dead and the apartment door open at 2930 Broadway. Officers responded to the apartment on Broadway, and upon their arrival they found Bill Stormo dead on the living room floor. There appeared to have been a struggle and some ransacking, and many items were missing from the apartment.

Stormo was a very friendly individual who entertained many visitors at his apartment. Based on information from witnesses, Stormo was probably killed either earlier that morning or late the night before. An autopsy revealed that Stormo had been strangled.


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Victim: Ben Clark

Date: March 15, 2001

Address: 4303 Ohio Street

Synopsis: The victim Benjamin Clark was a doorman for the Nite Life Bar on Ohio Street. He was jovial and well-liked by co-workers and customers and was also a large man who usually was able to keep unruly customers in check with his physical presence.

On the morning of March 15, 2001, Benjamin Clark ejected a group of unruly Hispanic male customers from the Nite Life Bar after repeatedly warning them not to touch the dancers. Members of the group threatened to return later with a gun. Clark did not take the threats seriously and continued attending to his duties at the club.

After the bar closed, Clark followed his normal routine of escorting the female bartender out to her car. As they walked outside, Clark spotted someone hiding behind the parked car and walked up first to check it out. At this point a Hispanic male appeared from behind the car, yelled out “I’m going to shoot you punk” and shot Clark multiple times. Clark fell to the ground and died a short time later.

The suspect ran southbound on Ohio Street and eastbound on El Cajon Boulevard. Detectives believe Clark’s murder was a retaliation perpetrated by the men he had ejected earlier from the bar.


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Victim:Lynn Dale Bell

Date: June 15, 2001

Address:4600 block of Logan Avenue

Synopsis:San Diego Police Department detectives continue to look for leads to help solve the murder of Lynn
Dale Bell. Mr. Bell, a 16 year old Lincoln High School student, was waiting at a bus stop near the
entrance to the Willie Henderson Sports Complex located in the 4600 block of Logan Avenue in the
Mountain View community of San Diego, California on June 15, 2001. A male approached Bell on
foot and fired several shots at Bell. Bell was struck and died from his injuries. A female who was
playing in the nearby park was also struck in the face by a bullet. The female later recovered from
her injuries.
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Victim: Linzy Pierson, aka “Bugsy” age 30

Date: March 29, 2002

Address: 4600 Hartley Street

Synopsis: On the night of March 29, 2002, officers responded to a call of shots fired at 4600 Hartley Street. Upon their arrival, the officers found 30-year-old Linzy Pierson lying on the sidewalk suffering from several gunshot wounds. Paramedics were called and Pierson was declared dead at the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing Pierson talking with an unidentified black male on the sidewalk. The male said, “It’s going to be like that, huh?” and then produced a gun and began firing at Pierson. Pierson collapsed and the suspect stood over him and fired several more rounds. The suspect then fled on foot.


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Victim: Jahi Turner, age 2

Date: March 29, 2002

Address: 4600 Hartley Street

Synopsis: On the afternoon of April 25, 2002, Mr. Tieray Jones used his cell phone to dial ‘911’ and report that his two-year-old stepson, Jahi Turner, was missing. Jones stated he had last seen Jahi at the park at 28th and Beech Streets about fifteen to twenty minutes before his call. (This area occupies the southeast corner of Balboa Park and is commonly referred to as 28th Street Park.)

Police officers were immediately dispatched to this area of Balboa Park where they found Jones waiting for them. Jones told the officers he had walked from his apartment to the park with Jahi, and then lost sight of Jahi while getting a juice drink at a nearby vending machine.

Law enforcement personnel and civilian volunteers conducted an extensive search for Jahi in the surrounding rural area of his residence, the park, and, eventually, the Miramar Landfill that collected the refuse from Jahi’s neighborhood. Private organizations are still actively monitoring the case, and local and national media have provided extensive coverage of the case and continue to ask for the public’s assistance in locating Jahi.

Jones’ mother, a navy sailor, was on deployment at sea at the time of Jahi’s disappearance.


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Victim: Gregg Adamec

Date: June 16, 2002

Address: 5000 Voltaire Street

Synopsis: An unknown assailant shot Gregg Adamec as he was walking on 5000 Voltaire Street at about 9:15 p.m.

A witness in the area heard a gunshot, immediately looked across the street and saw Adamec lying on the sidewalk. The suspect, a white male with dark hair and wearing dark clothing, was still standing over Adamec’s body. The suspect jumped onto a bicycle and rode off eastbound on Voltaire Street and then southbound on Bacon Street. Adamec had been shot one time in the face at close range.

Adamec had been the victim of a burglary and arson two months before, which could possibly be related to this case. No motive for the murder has been established.


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Victim: Eddie Meram

Date: May 1, 2003

Address: 5080 Logan Avenue

Suspect information: Two men

Synopsis: Eddie Meram was the owner of Doctor J’s Liquor Store at 5080 Logan Avenue. Meram and his business had been part of the community for many years, and he was well liked and well known by his neighbors.

On the morning of May 1, 2003, Meram was found shot to death inside his store. An examination of store surveillance video revealed that Meram had been rushed by two men just moments after he opened his store for business that morning. The men overpowered Meram, robbed him and shot him to death.

There is a $25,000.00 reward offered by the San Diego County Grocer’s Association and San Diego County Crime Stoppers, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any of the men responsible for the murder of Meram.

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Missing Person: Tony Andrade Cruz

Date: May 28, 2003

Address: 1229 Tenth Avenue

Suspect information: None

Synopsis: On May 28, 2003, Tony Andrade Cruz , age 83, was reported missing by his family. Tony Cruz was last seen between 6 and 8 a.m. leaving his residence at 1229 Tenth Avenue. The woman he lived with indicated that Cruz went to a nearby post office (Ninth and E Street) to mail some bills. Tony Cruz has not been seen or heard from since.

Cruz had become increasingly reliant on a walker or cane. He reportedly had contacts in the downtown area and had visited Yuma, Arizona and Ensenada, Mexico in years past. However, there was no indication Cruz had plans to visit Yuma or Ensenada on this occasion.

A large sum of money disappeared from Cruz’s account shortly after he disappeared. The suspects in that theft have been identified.


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Victim: Jeremy Logan Lindsay

Date: June 6, 2003

Address: Qualcomm Stadium parking lot Section A2–A4

Synopsis: On June 6, 2003, the victim, Jeremy Logan Lindsay, was attending a San Diego Padre Game/KGB Sky Show at Qualcomm Stadium with several friends. The group was tailgating in the stadium parking lot in the Section A2–A4 area. Words were exchanged with another group of persons in attendance and a physical altercation ensued. The altercation involved multiple individuals and the victim was injured during the altercation. The injury caused the victim to become dazed and confused. Subsequently, the victim became unresponsive and was admitted to a hospital for treatment. The victim underwent several surgeries over an eight week period, but died without regaining consciousness. The victim’s attackers have yet to be identified.

Reward:Anyone with information regarding this murder is asked to call the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477 or at sdcrimestoppers.com. A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be paid through San Diego County Crime Stoppers.

Last Updated March 2012

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Victim: Kauko Aho

Date: July 15, 2003

Address: 3500 Monroe Avenue

Synopsis: On Tuesday evening, July 15, 2003, a resident of the apartment building at 3535 Monroe Avenue discovered the victim, Mr. Kauko Aho, 42, collapsed in the front lobby of the apartment building with Aho’s bicycle on the ground nearby. Aho was suffering from a deep stab wound to the chest, a slashing wound to the right arm, and was bleeding profusely. Police and paramedics were summoned, and Aho was taken to the hospital where he lingered unconscious for a week before dying.

An investigation revealed Aho had been out riding his bicycle earlier on the evening of the incident. Aho was apparently stabbed somewhere in the vicinity of 4500 35th Street by an unknown suspect or suspects. After suffering the injury, Aho rode his bicycle home and collapsed.


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Victim: Sean Michael Augustad

Date: August 12, 2003

Address: 4355 37th Street

Synopsis: On August 12, 2003 at approximately 2229 hours, officers responded to a report of a person down in front of an apartment complex located at 4355 37th Street in the Normal Heights area of San Diego. When they arrived at the location, they found the victim, Sean Michael Augustad lying on the sidewalk and bleeding from the torso. Subsequently, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The victim had been stabbed.

The victim was last seen standing in front of the apartment complex smoking a cigarette. Neighbors heard the sounds of persons arguing, but no eyewitnesses to the murder have been located.

Reward:Anyone with information regarding this murder is asked to call the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477 or at sdcrimestoppers.com. A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be paid through San Diego County Crime Stoppers.

Last Updated March 2012

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Victim: Raul Aguila

Date: August 24 , 2003

Address: 400 33rd Street

Synopsis: Raul Aguila attended a party at a friend’s house in Logan Heights, which began to break up at around midnight. Aguila left the party in his car with a friend, and their route out of the neighborhood took them up 33rd Street. Several men, believed to be gang members living in the area, were loitering on 400 33rd Street and threw bottles and rocks at Aguila’s car as it passed. Aguila got away from the immediate area but returned a little while later on foot with some friends to confront the gang members. To the surprise of Aguila and his friends, the gang members immediately pulled guns and began shooting. Aguila and his friends fled and the men chased them, still shooting. Everyone in Aguila’s group got away safely, except for Aguila himself. The men caught up with Aguila on the corner of 33rd & J Streets and shot him to death.

This murder may be related to another murder that occurred in National City several months later.


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Victim: Jessyka Brown

Date: September 5, 2003

Address: 2900 Clay Street

Synopsis: Shortly after midnight, the victim Jessyka Brown and her boyfriend were sitting and talking on the steps of the Women’s Civic Center at 2972 Clay Avenue (the center was closed). A confrontation occurred wherein one or more suspects approached the couple and began shooting. It is believed the boyfriend was the initial target of the attack; however the boyfriend escaped injury. Brown died at the scene. Investigators do not believe the boyfriend shot Brown. However, they do believe the boyfriend knows more about the suspects and about what happened than he is saying.

A uniformed officer was in the parking lot of Central Division and heard the gunshots. The officer put the information out on the radio at the same time that several residents on 2900 Clay Avenue phoned in reports of shots being fired. Responding units located the scene and the victim within three minutes.

Witnesses described the shooter as a male, probably black, of average height and slim build and possibly in his early 20s based on his build and the way he moved.

One witness provided second-hand information that the shooter left in a red car that was parked on the corner of 30th and Clay Streets. Another witness saw the shooter running southbound on 30th Street with a second male and did not see a red car.

Brown was described by one of her sisters as family oriented and good with children. Brown left behind a two-month old baby boy.


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Victim: Larry Glenn Branch, 31

Date: September 24, 2003

Address: 4575 Logan Avenue

Synopsis: In the early morning hours of September 24, 2003, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 4500 Logan Avenue. Upon their arrival, the officers found the victim, 31-year-old Larry Branch, lying on the sidewalk inside the entryway to the apartment complex at 4500 Logan Avenue, suffering from several gunshot wounds to his face and legs. Branch was transported by paramedics to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Witnesses reported Branch had been sitting on a retaining wall just inside the entryway to the complex, along with several other people. Three black males walked up to Branch. One of the males said, “What’s up?” drew a gun and shot Branch. All three men then ran out of the complex and jumped into a newer, red station wagon which sped away northbound on 47th Street.


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Victim: Mohamed Omar, 23

Date: March 20, 2004

Address: 14th Street near “J” Street

Synopsis: On March 20, 2004, Mohamed Omar, a 23 year old Somali male, was the driver of a vehicle traveling Northbound 14th Street near “J” Street in the City of San Diego, California. The passenger in another vehicle nearby fired several gunshots at Omar’s vehicle. Omar was wounded and later died of his injuries.

The victim and his brother had earlier been involved in a fight with a group of males. It is not known if the same group of males were involved in the shooting.

Reward:Anyone with information regarding this murder is asked to call the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477 or at sdcrimestoppers.com. A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be paid through San Diego County Crime Stoppers.

Last Updated May 2012

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Victim: DEON DARNELL PATTERSON, 23

Date: March 22, 2004

Address: 4610 Nogal Street

Synopsis: On March 22, 2004, Deon Patterson, a 17 year old male, was standing on the porch of his apartment located at 4610 Nogal Street in San Diego, California. An unknown assailant fired several gunshots at Patterson, killing him.

A witness reported seeing a Hispanic male driving a Ford F-150 or larger type pickup truck driving on Nogal Street when the gunshots were fired. The vehicle stopped in the cul-de-sac and a black male coming from the direction of Patterson’s apartment entered the vehicle. Both the Hispanic and black male fled in the vehicle eastbound on Nogal Street.

Reward:Anyone with information regarding this murder is asked to call the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477 or at sdcrimestoppers.com. A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be paid through San Diego County Crime Stoppers.

Last Updated May 2012

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Victim: Mario Alvarez

Date: April 14, 2004

Address: 3800 Cottonwood Drive

Synopsis: Mario Alvarez, age 41, was shot to death while fixing his nephew’s bicycle on the sidewalk in front of his house at 3800 Cottonwood Drive.

Earlier that afternoon, Alvarez had assisted his next-door neighbor when the neighbor interceded in a loud dispute between a man in a car and a woman in the alley behind the neighbor’s apartment. The woman was crying for help and said the man in the car was following her. Alvarez and his neighbor went out in the alley and confronted the man in the car. Words were exchanged, after which the man left.

Later in the evening, the same man returned to the neighborhood in the same car. This time, the man was in the passenger seat and a second male was driving. Alvarez was working on his nephew’s bicycle on the sidewalk in front of his house. The car pulled up alongside Alvarez and the passenger leaned out of the window and fired multiple shots at Alvarez, striking him and killing him. The suspect vehicle then sped away.

Detectives developed information that the suspect and vehicle possibly frequented areas of high prostitution, particularly the area along 2800 – 3200 Main Street.

The suspect (shooter) is described as a Hispanic male, mid-30s to mid-40s, with short hair, a short beard, brown eyes and wide, flared nostrils.

The driver of the car, who returned with the suspect for the shooting, is described as a Spanish-speaking Hispanic male, 30-33, 5’ 4” to 5’ 6” clean-shaven, with black wavy collar-length hair.

The suspect vehicle is described as an early-to-mid 90s Nissan Sentra XE or a similar vehicle, medium-dark blue or turquoise in color. The rear and rear-side windows are lightly tinted. The wheels have custom chrome spoke rims, with the spokes described as being in a zig-zag shape similar to a lightning bolt. Witnesses described the rims as being very noticeable. The license plates are blue-on-white California plates with the last three letters being “946” or “964” or something similar. There may be damage to the rear trunk area.

The stock photos (click on 'see larger view' to see all photos) of the vehicle and wheels are similar to, but not necessarily identical to, the wheels described by witnesses as being on the suspect vehicle at the time of the murder.

Last Updated June 2010

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Victim: Mizraim Hernandez

Date: May 23, 2004

Address: 1700 block of 41st Street

Synopsis: On May 23, 2004, officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1700 block of 41st Street in the Shelltown area of San Diego. Upon arrival, officers found Mizraim Hernandez lying face down in the street. Hernandez had died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses reported hearing the sounds of several gunshots and seeing a Hispanic male described as being in his early twenties, being approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall, wearing a red shirt. The male’s arm was raised as if he was firing a gun. The male was last seen walking westbound in the 4000 block of Epsilon Street.

Hernandez was found to be a 22 year old Hispanic male from Mexico who was employed as a landscape helper. Hernandez’ father reported him missing on the day prior to the shooting.

Reward:Anyone with information regarding this murder is asked to call the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477 or at sdcrimestoppers.com. A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be paid through San Diego County Crime Stoppers.

Last Updated May 2012

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Victim: Ulysses Hernon Rodriguez (“Huero”)

Date: August 24, 2005

Address: 5700 Cumberland Street

Synopsis: On August 24, 2005, the victim had a confrontation with two unknown males. Witnesses reported that the victim was running down the street and the witnesses saw two subjects in a car shooting at the victim. The car was described as a Mitsubishi Eclipse with two male occupants inside. The victim subsequently died of multiple shotgun wounds. The motive for the crime appears to be gang related.

Last Updated September 2011