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Riverside murder suspect caught on camera

November 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A traffic collision, a father of two stabbed to death, and now, a murder investigation in riverside. It happened near Brockton Avenue and Jurupa, where the victim was found in a truck. Police hope that the surveillance video will help them find the killer.For Riverside police, it's an absolute mystery. Last Friday they found a truck crashed across the street. At the wheel was a 29-year-old man who was apparently stabbed to death. The only other thing they know is that victim was seen on surveillance video at a store just a half mile away ten minutes before the crash. Also on that video, the victim is seen speaking to an unknown man. Police say that unknown man is their murder suspect.

The video shows the murder suspect inside a market around 3:30 last Friday, on Magnolia Avenue near Jurupa in Riverside. Then, 10 minutes later, the same man is seen milling around in the parking lot outside. It is the same parking lot 29-year-old Victor Sanchez was last seen in at nearly the same time.

Detectives say the suspect was seen speaking with Sanchez in that parking lot. Then, moments later Sanchez was found dead in his truck a half mile away on Brockton Avenue.

Jaime Sanchez says all he knows is his cousin was cashing his check on the way home last Friday.

"What happened after that is a mystery," said Jaime Sanchez. "We don't really know what happened. But he was a good man, a good father of two little kids. This happened and we have to go on but it's very sad for us and the whole family. This is all we know, that he's just found dead in the truck."

Sanchez leaves behind a wife and two small children, one three, one seven.

"He was a good guy, he was always out with his kids," said Genesis Sanchez, Victor Sanchez's cousin. "Well that was when I would always see him with his daughters."

Sanchez worked at an I-Hop restaurant in Riverside. In fact, his manager Jerry Martinez says he remembers giving Sanchez his paycheck before he left at 3:00 p.m. that afternoon.

"I was so sad because I remember him all day in the morning when I worked with him, when he asked me for the check," explained Martinez. "It was a payday that day when he worked the last day so everybody was sad."

Meantime, Riverside Police are hoping someone will recognize the suspect on the surveillance video and call detectives.

"It is a mystery, but hopefully we're going to get this wrapped up very soon," said Lt. Mike Perea from Riverside Police Department.

Family and friends placed a cross at the scene of the crash and tragedy has really hit this family twice in recent times. We're told the victim's brother was shot to death over a wrist watch not long ago.

Riverside police say if you see the suspect or know who that man is in the surveillance video call detectives at (951) 353-7138.


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