Escondido police search for dead woman’s estranged husband

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- A 50-year-old Mexican national suspected of killing his estranged wife at a home in an unincorporated area outside Escondido over the weekend remained at large Monday morning.

Juan Garcia, who is also known as Jose Luis Paredes.  (Escondido Police Department)

Juan Garcia, who is also known as Jose Luis Paredes. (Escondido Police Department)

Juan Garcia, who also goes by Jose Luis Paredes and Jose Moreno, fled after allegedly fatally injuring 46-year-old Teresa Ortiz at a home in the 3000 block of North Broadway near Cougar Pass Road early Saturday evening, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Although Garcia was a long-time Escondido resident, authorities said he may attempt to flee his native country.

Ortiz was found with severe upper body trauma shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday and later died at a hospital, sheriff's Lt. Kenneth Nelson said. Authorities have yet to release her official cause of death, but the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that she had been shot.

Garcia's faded red Ford Explorer was later found abandoned at a commercial property a few miles north of where Ortiz was mortally wounded, Nelson said. It was not immediately clear whether Garcia left the SUV on foot or was picked up.

Garcia is Hispanic, roughly 5 feet 8 and 170 pounds with brown eyes and curly, shoulder-length black hair. He is clean-shaven and has a small tattoo on the outside web of his right hand. Authorities said Garcia uses a variety of names and dates of birth.

Sheriff's officials said Garcia was considered armed and dangerous and may be toting a large semi-automatic handgun. Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff's department at 858-974-2321 or 858-565-5200, or to contact Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at 888-580- 8477.




  • idiot liberals

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  • Karen P.

    Nancy, we all kind of hope you run into a guy like Juan (whatever his kpfake name is). I’d like to see the outcome…

    You truly are one of those idiot liberals that everyone laughs at.

  • Yurmom


    Obama was very wrong on the illigal immigrants issue. This is why Trump will win 2016. I am not a big fan but he has my vote.

  • Skinner

    I was at the vigil held for the mother last night. My girlfriend and I were just walking the neighborhood before going to make and eat a late dinner. When we were coming towards the end of our walk, we live down the block from the shooting, we saw a lot of people standing by candles and flowers and someone was singing in Spanish. We could have walked by and talked to ourselves about how sad this situation was and went to our home — my girlfriend needed to pee anyway. But I felt the need to go over and pay my respects — this tragedy happened in my neighborhood and I felt us being white and them being Spanish had nothing to do with being there to give my support. As we crossed the street to join the group there, I noticed that somebody looked familiar to me, but I couldn’t place it. It wasn’t until the end of it all, another person leading the vigil turned around to give his appreciation for everyone being there. As he turned around I realized that I play men’s adult league basketball with this guy. I then came to the horrible realization as he told me he was the son of the mother who had been shot and killed. You know what he said to me? “Thank you so much for coming — all these people here are my family. You are now my family, too.”
    I understand that we have illegal immigrant issues and other political issues that we may or may not ever figure out, but domestic violence is the enemy here; it doesn’t care about politics, religion, or race. And our lack of compassion to others due to our politics, our religious beliefs, and what race we choose to identify ourselves with is going to pull humankind apart.
    Look, it is your freedom to write about what you want on this forum, but somebody I know and respect now has a mother that was murdered. That’s hard enough, but it being a few weeks before Christmas will, no doubt, make it tougher to process. No more new memories to share, no more advice to give and get, no more anything because it was taken away by a violent person who did a violent act.
    Please keep that in mind and try to be kind to one another. It might be the only way we will be able to survive in this world.

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