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Santa Ana Police Department
Friday March 24th, 2017 :: 08:47 a.m. PDT


SAPD Homicide Detective Make An Arrest In 02/08/17 Homicide

Joshua Encinas (23)

On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 10:29 PM, SAPD Officers responded to a report of a man down in the rear alley at 1900 North Grand Avenue behind the Food for Less store. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male face down in the alley. The male had been shot and was unresponsive. Orange County Fire Authority medics responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased at 10:37 PM.

The Santa Ana Homicide Unit initiated an investigation. On Thursday, March 23, 2017, Detectives from the Santa Ana Police Department Investigations Bureau, in conjunction with Officers from the Riverside Police Department, arrested Joshua Encinas at his residence - 3085 Molly Street, Riverside, CA. As part of their investigation, Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence. The decedent and the arrestee both have ties to criminal street gangs in Orange County. However, the investigation as to the motive for this killing is still ongoing. With concurrence from the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Encinas was booked for CPC 187 - Murder. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Santa Ana Police Department Homicide Unit at (714) 245-8390.

Santa Ana Police Department
60 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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