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Public's help sought in finding fugitive accused of killing Hemet man


Last updated 8/30/2019 at 6:12pm

HEMET - A man accused of fatally shooting a Hemet resident in December is on the run, possibly south of the border, according to police, who asked on Thursday, Aug. 29 for the public's help in tracking him down.

According to Hemet police, detectives recently learned that Luis Eduardo Reyes likely slipped into Mexico after allegedly gunning down 28-year-old Juan Ernesto Romero in the 100 block of North Tahquitz Avenue on the night of Dec. 28.

Reyes, 27, is charged with first-degree murder and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations. A warrant for his arrest was issued in January.

Hemet police Cpl. Matthew Gomez said the defendant and victim were involved in a confrontation, but no specifics were disclosed, including a motive.

Reyes allegedly shot Romero several times in the upper body, then fled the scene. The victim was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he died a short time later.

Detectives developed leads within two weeks pointing to Reyes as the alleged shooter.

He is 6 feet tall and about 190 pounds, with brown eyes, tightly cropped black hair or a shaved head and possibly sporting a goatee.

Reyes has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to contact investigators at (951) 765-2422 or the police department's Tip Line at (951) 765-3897.


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