Suspect Wanted in Ocean Beach Homicide

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Up to $1,000 Reward Offered  

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating an unknown suspect wanted for the murder of Walter Riley in the Ocean Beach area. 

On June 22, 2017, at 12:28 a.m., 65-year-old Walter “Ras” Riley was stabbed multiple times in the area of 1900 Bacon Street, in San Diego.  Mr. Riley was transported to a local hospital, but later died as a result of his injuries.  The suspect was last seen running eastbound in the north alley of 4900 Newport Avenue.    

Suspect’s Description: 

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants.  

Surveillance Photos of Suspect

Victim: Walter “Ras” Riley

Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.  Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.  Visit the Crime Stoppers website at for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips.   

  • Media inquiries about this case should be directed to Lt. Todd Griffin at (619) 531-2275 or email at
  • Media inquiries about Crime Stoppers can be directed to Officer Mark Herring at (619) 531-1500 or email at or Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547 or email at