Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date March 2, 2005
Contact Sergeant John Capen
Phone (951) 320-8005
Fax (951) 320-8043


Police Seek Information In 1997 Homicide

Riverside, Ca-  On July 1, 1997, Emiliano Zaragoza and an acquaintance were standing in the driveway of a residence near Third Street and Anderson Street in the City of Riverside. At approximately 7:30 pm, a vehicle occupied by three male Hispanics stopped in front of the residence. One of the occupants got out of the vehicle and engaged Zaragoza and his acquaintance in a brief conversation then fired several rounds from a handgun, ultimately killing Zaragoza and critically injuring his acquaintance. The suspect got back into the vehicle, which then fled the scene.

Suspect description obtained at the time of the murder: Hispanic, Male, 18 to 25 years old, 58 to 62 tall, slender build, brown hair, and unknown colored eyes.

Suspect vehicle description obtained at the time of the murder: 1996 to 1997 Silver or Champagne colored four door Honda Civic sedan. This vehicle was possibly lowered and had chrome rims.

This homicide investigation has recently been re-opened. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Riverside Police Detective Jay Greenstein at (951) 320-8058. If you desire to remain anonymous you can telephone We Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME or file a RPD Crime Tip.

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