SALINAS - A registered child sex offender, [name withheld], died Tuesday at a San Jose trauma center after he was shot outside his Salinas house.
[name withheld], 58, was shot multiple times at 10:35 a.m. Monday in his driveway on the 400 block of Hyland Drive. He died at 2 a.m. after undergoing emergency surgery.
[name withheld] was convicted of committing sex crimes against children under 14 years old, including rape by force, sodomy, and oral copulation.
At this point, Monterey County Sheriff's deputies are not saying if his slaying was a case of vigilante justice, but they did classify the case as a homicide.
A man who was seen speeding away from the scene in a white car was detained and questioned. Detectives, however, determined he had nothing to do with the homicide.
Neighbors said [name withheld] lived in the same house on Hyland Drive for years and never bothered anyone.
"He says 'hi' to me I say 'hi' to him that's about it I don't know anything about him," neighbor Carmen Cortez said. "He's a convicted sex offender? That's his history we can't really judge a person. You don't think that would be a reason why someone would target him? I have no idea."
Monday's homicide happened at the same time Salinas police announced they arrested three suspects in connection to the city's 17th homicide of 2013. On Saturday, 18-year-old Alfredo Velasco was shot to death at the intersection of Eucalyptus Drive and Parkway Road.
"Within minutes following the shooting Salinas police located a stolen vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description near the intersection of East Market and Ivy. When the Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop the vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated," officer James Arensdorf said.
Three men were arrested on homicide charges: Ian Salinas, 17, Kristopher Hargrove, 18, and Nathaniel Sparks-Musones, 22. Detectives said the homicide was gang-motivated.
[name withheld] was the seventh homicide in Salinas within the past 12 days.
On August 1, Victor Sosa-Reyes, 57, was working as a security guard in a 99 cent store when he was stabbed to death during a botched robbery attempt. Shoppers tried to stop the killer by throwing canned goods at him. Richard Gutierrez, 22, of Salinas, was arrested and charged with homicide.
On August 4, Reuben Salceda was shot and killed in the 1100 block of Parkside. No arrests were made.
On August 6, Giovanni Pacheco was arrested for the murder of Victor Ortiz, Edgar Garcia and Alejandro Hernandez. The triple homicide happened after a brawl broke out between two groups inside Tacos Choice restaurant on Williams Road. The large fight spilled outside into the parking lot and police said Pacheco started firing into the crowd. Seven victims were shot and three died.
On Aug. 10, 18-year-old Alfredo Velasco was shot to death at the intersection of Eucalyptus Drive and Parkway Road. Ian Salinas, 17, Kristopher Hargrove, 18, and Nathaniel Sparks-Musones, 22, were charged with murder.
On Aug. 12, a registered child sex offender, [name withheld], was shot outside his Salinas house and died the next day at a trauma center.
- So we see you make a point to show this man was a registered sex offender but not the other murderers, why is that?