New information indicates a San Diego murder suspect is an illegal immigrant, who was deported.
San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating Ernesto Castellanos Martinez who is wanted for the murder of 27-year-old Alexander Mazin.
Update as of March 14, 2018.
The suspect in the shooting death of a man near the 24 hour fitness in the midway area is an undocumented immigrant with a prior immigration violation.
Law enforcement sources tell reporting partner Ten News the suspect Ernesto Castellanos Martinez had been asked to leave the country in 2004 after an immigration conviction. He left, but made it back into the U-S.
Mazin’s family said Castellanos had previously been in a relationship with Mazin’s girlfriend of three months.
Two weeks before the shooting, Castellanos had attacked the woman while she was working out with Mazin at a gym.
Castellanos remains at large. the victim’s family said police believe he may have fled to Mexico.
A reward has been issued for his arrest, and you can remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers.
On February 25, 2018, at 10:49 a.m., San Diego Police Officers responded to the rear parking lot of 3675 Midway Drive to investigate a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found Alexander Mazin suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite officers rendering medical aid to Mazin, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
San Diego Police Department Homicide Detectives determined that 41-year-old Ernesto Castellanos Martinez shot Mazin and then fled the area before police arrived.
Suspect Info: Ernesto Castellanos Martinez (Also known as Ernesto Castellanos) DOB: 4/30/1976 (41) Hispanic male 5’10” tall 185 lbs. Bald head brown eyes.
Anyone with information about the location of Ernesto Castellanos Martinez is asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or 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. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips.
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