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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Apartment Manager Found Dead In National City

5-15-2012 California:

Tenant Called Police After Finding Body

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. -- The manager of a small apartment complex in National City -- a man said to have been a child molester -- was found dead early Tuesday on his door step, with multiple signs of trauma to his upper body, police said.

A tenant of the complex in the 300 block of Norton Avenue told investigators he was walking by and found the victim about 1 a.m., according to National City police.

10News reports the man was found naked with multiple injuries to his upper body.

The victim's 1998 Chevy Suburban was missing, National City police Lt. Jose Tellez told reporters. He described the vehicle as possibly silver, with a California license plate No. 4ANE923.

Police withheld the victim's name, describing him only as being "middle-aged."

Neighbors told 10News the victim was a registered sex offender, picking out the man's photo on the Megan's Law website. Police did not immediately confirm the report.

Megan's Law shows a 54-year-old registered sex offender lives at 319 Norton Ave. According to the website, the man committed a lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

At this time, police do not have a motive for the murder. ..Source.. by


Slain man found naked in doorway of apartment


NATIONAL CITY — Police are investigating the stabbing death of a man who was found lying naked in the doorway of his National City apartment early Tuesday.

The apartment belongs to a registered sex offender, Enrique Atilano, 53, but police have not said if he was the slaying victim.

A tenant at the four-unit complex on Norton Avenue off East Fourth Street discovered the body about 1 a.m., said police Lt. Jose Tellez.

The man, who tenants said had been managing the building for the past few weeks, had multiple stab wounds to his upper back and was lying face down in a pool of blood, Tellez said.

Atilano’s 1998 Chevy Suburban was missing from the apartment. It was located in Paradise Hills about 1:30 p.m. on Dissinger Avenue near Kausman Street, Tellez said.

The SUV had been set on fire. Witnesses reported seeing two men hurriedly leaving the vehicle and getting into a white truck, Tellez said.

No further description of the truck nor the men has been released.

Tellez said there were signs of a struggle inside the National City apartment where the victim was found along with bloody clothes and a knife that may have been the murder weapon. Blood was found in every room and smeared on some walls.

Detectives were going door to door in the neighborhood, a mix of single-family homes and apartments, and talking to residents.

About mid-morning, a Toyota sedan was towed away from the apartment.

A woman believed to be the victim’s girlfriend arrived at the apartment just before 7 a.m. and ran past officers and under the yellow police tape to the apartment. Visibly distraught, she was escorted back outside by officers and taken to the police station to be questioned.

Tellez said police had no suspect information and no motive for the killing.

Atilano is listed on the Megan’s Law website as having been convicted of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14. No other information about him was immediately available.

Police have tentatively identified the man who was killed, but his name was being withheld until family could be notified. ..Source.. by Debbi Baker


Man Accused of Killing Sex Offender Roommate Due in Court


CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A National City man accused of stabbing his sex offender roommate to death is scheduled to be arraigned at the South Bay Courthouse Monday.

Joel Gutierrez, 28, is charged with murder in the death of 53-year-old Enrique Atilano, who was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14.

A passerby found a wounded Atilano on his door step in the 300 block of Norton Avenue around 1 a.m. May 15, according to National City police. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Atilano and Gutierrez shared a unit in a four-unit apartment complex, police said. Gutierrez was arrested the next day. The motive for the slaying was unclear. ..Source.. by

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