Teobaldo Lopez Villanueva- California- 1983 Mar 27, 2015 10:32:52 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Mar 27, 2015 10:32:52 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: LAPD Most Wanted website)
Fugitive Profile as of March 27th, 2015 (based on LAPD Most Wanted website):
Suspect: Villanueva, Teobaldo Lopez
Date of Birth: Jun 30, 1960
Age: 23* (at time of indicent, now 54 years old if still alive)
Who to call if you've seen him: Robbery-Homicide Division, at 213-847-0970 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, or Detective Support Division at 213-485-3261 during non-business hours.
Teobaldo Lopez Villanueva has been wanted by the LAPD since 1983. He was aired on America's Most Wanted according to the Los Angeles Times, although I don't know the exact date he was profiled.
It was just after 1 a.m. on Oct. 29th, 1983 when partners Arthur Soo Hoo, 34, and William Wong, 33, were preparing to end their shift as anti-gang officers in Los Angeles's Chinatown neighborhood. Buckled into a marked police cruiser, the two were driving east on Alpine Street when a 1977 Buick Skylark ran a red light on Broadway. Police say the Buick was traveling between 50 and 75 mph when it rammed the cruiser broadside, crushing the driver's side door and twisting the vehicle into a "V" shape.
According to LAPD Detective John Garcia in his interview with the times, the impact was so hard that the cars were basically fused together, and then the patrol car caught fire.
Emergency crews arrived to find the officers dead. Witnesses told police that two men had emerged from the mangled Buick and, although they were bleeding and appeared seriously hurt, ran from the scene.
A third man left the car from the rear seat and collapsed in the street. That man, Primo Manriquez, was charged with being an accessory to murder and convicted. He was given five years' probation and released, based on the time he had spent in custody.
Police are not sure, but they suspect that the men in the Buick may have been fleeing a crime. Garcia said that alcohol may have been involved in the crash.
The other two men were soon identified as Teobaldo Lopez Villanueva, and Faustino Villareal.
Villareal would be captured 20 years later after getting arrested on an unrelated charge. Despite authorities believing he fled to Mexico, he was actually discovered living in the Northern California town of Vacaville under the alias of Gerardo Alarcon, where he had been working construction for seven years.
Villanueva, however, remains at large.
Thoughts? In my opinion, what's been difficult in capturing Villanueva, is that photo of him is terrible. I have no idea how anyone could identify him even back in 1983 based on that. In my opinion, what solved this case three decades later is someone who knows something. You can't tell me Villanueva hasn't confessed to anybody after all these years and there isn't anybody who doesn't know who he really is. I also think at 54 years old, the odds are good that Villanueva is still alive. And he's probably in Mexico, although with his partner getting captured in Northern California, anything is possible.
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