Unsolved Homicide of Emmanuelle “Benji” Thomas

Up to $1,000 Reward Offered

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the Oceanside Police Department’s Crimes of Violence Unit are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of Emmanuelle “Benji” Thomas.

On Friday, June 30, 2017, at about 1:00 a.m., Oceanside police officers responded to a call of a person down in the alley to the rear of 325 S. Coast Highway in Oceanside. When police officers arrived, several people stated that they had found the victim on the ground. The victim, who was later identified as 20-year-old Emmanuelle “Benji” Thomas, was unconscious and suffering from serious head trauma. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Detectives do not believe that this was a random act and are investigating the possibility that Emmanuelle “Benji” Thomas, who was homeless, was sleeping when he was attacked. 

Emmanuelle “Benji” Thomas 

Emmanuelle “Benji” Thomas

Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call the Oceanside Police Department’s Crimes of Violence Unit at 760-4027 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 www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. 

  • Media inquiries about this case should be directed to Detective D. Baxter at 760 435-4027
  • Media inquiries about Crime Stoppers can be directed to Officer Mark Herring at (619) 531-1500 or email at msherring@pd.sandiego.gov or Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547 or email at adriana.uribe@sdsheriff.org.