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San Diego man accused of shooting passenger and leaving him on I-5 in Irvine is arrested

A 39-year-old San Diego man who, authorities say, shot his passenger and left the rental car and the victim on an I-5 Freeway shoulder in Irvine earlier this month has been arrested.

The suspect was tracked down to a San Diego hotel, where he barricaded himself for two hours before peacefully turning himself in, Florentino Olivera, a California Highway Patrol officer and spokesman, said on Monday.

On June 7, at about 7:30 a.m., CHP officers found the white Kia Optima stopped with its doors open on the right shoulder of the southbound I-5 near Culver Drive.


Jessie Garcia Sr., 47, of San Diego had been shot multiple times and was on the ground next to the passenger door. Paramedics attempted to save him but Garcia was declared dead at the scene.

Officers learned that the car had been rented under the name of Vincent Dulay Deguzman Jr. and determined he was the driver and shot Garcia as they entered the freeway, Olivera said.

“After the shooting, we know (Deguzman) fled on foot and somehow made it to San Diego,” Olivera said.

Days later, on June 11, Deguzman was found by authorities at the Hilton Garden Inn in San Diego.

Olivera said investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the killing.

Deguzman was booked into Orange County jail on suspicion of murder. Jail records show he was being held without the option of bail.

Source: Orange County Register

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