DATE/TIME: January 12, 1992 2200 hours.
INCIDENT: PC 187 - Homicide
LOCATION: Newberry Springs, CA.
SUSPECTS: Gabino Mondragon Morales (Phoenix, Arizona), Alfonso Rodriguez Juarez, age 45, of Mexico, previously of Moreno Valley; Jose Luis Villasenor (Mexico).
VICTIM: Fidelmar Meza Garcia (Arvin, CA).
SHERIFF UPDATE: March 31, 2015
On Monday, March 30, 2015, detectives from the San Bernardino County
Sheriff's Department's Cold Case Homicide Detail travelled to the Mexico border and
arrested Alfonso Rodriguez Juarez for Murder. Juarez had previously been identified
as a suspect in the murder of Fidelmar Meza Garcia. Detectives received information
from Juarez's attorney that he would surrender to them at the Mexico border. Juarez
was taken into custody without incident, transported and booked into the West Valley
Detention Center for PC187 Murder.
On January 12, 1992, a Hispanic male adult was found shot to death
on the side of Newberry Springs Road, two and a half miles east of Old National Trails
Highway in Newberry Springs, California. The San Bernardino County Sheriff
Department's Homicide Detail was summoned to the scene and detectives began a homicide
investigation. Detectives positively identified the victim as 25 year old, Fidel
Meza Garcia from Arvin, California.
In 1992, numerous family, friends, and witnesses were interviewed
regarding Garcia's murder. For several years, Garcia lived in the United States
for 9 months and Mexico for three. Garcia worked in the fruit fields in Arvin, California
to support his wife and child in Mexico.
On January 11, 1992, at approximately 2300 hours, witnesses observed
two armed men kidnap Garcia from his residence in Arvin, California. The following
morning, Garcia was found shot to death in San Bernardino County, 170 miles south of his
residence. Homicide investigators conducted an exhaustive investigation, but the
case went cold.
On July 3, 2014, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's
Cold Case Homicide Detail reopened the case. Detectives identified, located and
interviewed numerous witnesses, which resulted in evidence identifying suspect, Gabino
Mondragon Morales as suspect in this murder. On October 8, 2014, cold case detectives
traveled to Phoenix, Arizona and interviewed Morales. At the conclusion of the
interview, Morales was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail for the murder
of Fidelmar Garcia.
The investigation into Fidelmar Garcia's murder is continuing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident, is urged to contact Detectives Jerry
Davenport or Rob Trostle at (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous
are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave
information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
Refer: Detectives Jerry Davenport or Rob Trostle
Station: Homicide Detail
Phone No.: (909) 387-3589
Case No.: H# 1992-004, DR# 089200110
Credit: Report provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department.