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Search Intensifies in 2002 Slaying

Eric Gonzales, wanted in the death of an Oxnard farm worker, may have returned to the area from Mexico, authorities say.

June 27, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

Oxnard police are intensifying their search for a suspect in the July 2002 slaying of a farm worker, officials said Thursday.

Eric Gonzales, 21, of Oxnard is being sought on an arrest warrant in connection with the slaying of Amador Lopez, 31, who was stabbed July 31, 2002, during a nighttime altercation at the Mira Loma apartment complex, according to Oxnard Police Cmdr. Bryan MacDonald.

Gonzales is believed to have fled to Mexico, MacDonald said.

Authorities describe Gonzales as about 5 feet 4 and 150 pounds, with a shaved head and wearing thick glasses.

Authorities have been told that Gonzales may have returned to Oxnard or to the Santa Barbara area, MacDonald said.

Gonzales was born and raised in Oxnard and still has relatives there, MacDonald said.

Anyone with information on Gonzales' whereabouts is asked to contact Oxnard Police Det. Bob Coughlin at 385-7649.

Anonymous callers can provide tips and other information to the Crimestoppers call-in line at 385-8255.

The Crimestoppers organization is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information leading to Gonzales' arrest.

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