Suspect in Chino Shooting That Left Woman Dead, Man Wounded Arrested in Mexico

A month-long manhunt for a suspect accused of killing a woman and wounding a man in a shooting at a Chino parking lot came to end Wednesday when the fugitive was captured in Mexico, authorities said.

Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montclair, pictured in a photo provided by the Chino Police Department following his arrest on April 24, 2019.

Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montclair, pictured in a photo provided by the Chino Police Department following his arrest on April 24, 2019.

Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montlcair was apprehended south of the border and returned to San Bernardino County to face charges of murder and attempted murder, the Chino Police Department said in a written statement. He was formally arrested about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after arriving at LAX, county booking records show.

He's accused of the murder of 25-year-old Thalia Flores of Montclair, as well as the wounding of a man, on the afternoon of March 21 in the parking lot of a discount store at 12550 Central Avenue, police said.

Homicide victim Thalia Flores, 25, pictured in a photo provided by family members on March 21, 2019.

Homicide victim Thalia Flores, 25, of Montclair, pictured in a photo provided by family members on March 21, 2019.

Flores and the man were shot while sitting in a car, officials said. The suspect, who police quickly identified as Rocha, fled the scene and remained at large for more than a month.

The area where the broad-daylight shooting took place is well travelled, and Chino police Lt. Bill Covington told KTLA that there were many witnesses present at the time.

Bail for Rocha was set at $3 million pending legal proceedings, records show.

Police investigate the scene of a shooting that left a woman dead and a man wounded in the parking lot of a Big Lots store, 12550 Central Ave. in Chino, on March 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Police investigate the scene of a shooting that left a woman dead and a man wounded in the parking lot of a Big Lots store, 12550 Central Ave. in Chino, on March 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Anyone with information can reach Chino police at 909-334-3000.

 

 

 

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