Homicide

Ten Year Anniversary of the Unsolved Murder of Darnell Smith

$3,500 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 the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of 20-year-old Darnell Smith. 

On June 15, 2008, at approximately 12:20 a.m., Darnell Smith parked his car in the 700 block of Pyramid Street, located in the Emerald Hills area of San Diego.  Smith was with several relatives and was walking to his aunt’s house from his car.  An unknown suspect stepped out of a vehicle, walked up behind Smith and his relatives, and fired multiple rounds at the group.  Smith was struck and died at the scene.  Witnesses described the suspect’s vehicle as a newer black Ford Escape or a similar vehicle with tinted windows.  

Smith was an employee of Cox Communications and a student at San Diego Mesa College working towards a business administration degree.

Darnell Smith (Victim)

Generic Photo of Possible Suspect Vehicle (Not Actual Suspect Vehicle) 

Generic Photo of Possible Suspect Vehicle (Not Actual Suspect Vehicle)

Cox Communications is offering $2,500 in addition to Crime Stoppers’ $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. 

Anyone with information on 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.  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 Lt. Matt Dobbs at (619) 531-2425 or email at mdobbs@pd.sandiego.gov
  • Media inquiries about Crime Stoppers should be directed to Officer Mark Herring at (619) 531-1500 or email at msherring@pd.sandiego.gov

Who Murdered Erik Ramsey?

$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 finding the person(s) responsible for murdering 25-year-old Erik Ramsey. 

On April 10, 2018, at approximately 5:00 a.m., police officers from the Oceanside Police Department responded to a report of a subject down in the 1300 block of Dubuque St. in Oceanside. Officers found the victim, identified as Erik Ramsey of Oceanside, lying on the sidewalk in front of 1302 Dubuque St. Through the investigation, it was discovered that Ramsey had been murdered and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Homicide Victim: Erik Ramsey

Erik Ramsey

Anyone with information on the identity or location of the person(s) responsible for this murder or any suspect vehicle information is asked to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4748 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.  Crime Stoppers is offering 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 Oceanside Police PIO Tom Bussey at (760) 435-4787 or email at tbussey@ci.oceanside.ca.us
  •  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

Unknown Suspect Wanted for Attempted Homicide

Up to $1,000 Reward Offered 

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police    Department’s Western Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating an unknown suspect who stabbed a victim multiple times in the Hillcrest area of San Diego.  

On April 8, 2018, at 7:18 p.m., San Diego Police Officers responded to a radio call of a stabbing at the intersection of Richmond Street and University Avenue, in San Diego. Officers found a 51-year-old male lying on the sidewalk who was suffering from multiple stab wounds to his head and neck area.  The victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.  The victim remains hospitalized but is expected to survive.    

Investigators learned that the suspect was walking in the area approximately thirty minutes before the attack and appeared to be looking to fight a random person.  The suspect originally threw a rock towards the victim and left the area.  The suspect later saw the victim walking and began stabbing the victim multiple times in the head and neck.  The suspect fled the area before police arrived.  

Suspect’s Description: 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 35-years-old, 5’6” to 5’8” tall, thin build, wearing a dark colored baseball hat, dark gray sweatshirt, and gray sweatpants. 

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Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call San Diego Police Department’s Western Division at (619) 692-4820 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Please visit www.sdcrimestoppers.org for information on how to send a web or mobile app tip. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. 

  • Media inquiries about this case can be directed to Sergeant Ken Impellizeri at (619) 692-4822 or email at kimpellizeri@pd.sandiego.gov
  • Inquiries about Crime Stoppers can be directed to SDPD Officer Mark Herring at (619) 531-1500 or msherring@pd.sandiego.gov or Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547 or email at adriana.uribe@sdsheriff.org .

Homicide Suspect: Ernesto Castellanos Martinez

Friends and family of the victim are offering a $8,000 reward in addition to Crime Stoppers’ $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the suspect.  Up to $1,000 Reward Offered  

Tipsters can remain anonymous. Photos of the suspect can be found in the release.  Contact information can also be found in the release.

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating Ernesto Castellanos Martinez who is wanted for the murder of 27-year-old Alexander Mazin..

On February 25, 2018, at 10:49 a.m., San Diego Police Officers responded to the rear parking lot of 3675 Midway Drive to investigate a report of a shooting.  When officers arrived, they found Alexander Mazin suffering from gunshot wounds.  Despite officers rendering medical aid to Mazin, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.  San Diego Police Department Homicide Detectives determined that 41-year-old Ernesto Castellanos Martinez shot Mazin and then fled the area before police arrived. 

Suspect Info: 

Ernesto Castellanos Martinez  (Also known as Ernesto Castellanos) 
DOB:  4/30/1976  (41) 
Hispanic male
5’10” tall  185 lbs. 
Bald head  brown eyes  

Anyone with information about the location of Ernesto Castellanos Martinez 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 a $1,000 reward in addition to an $8,000 reward being offered by friends and family of the victim 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 Lt. Matt Dobbs at (619) 531-2425 or email at mdobbs@pd.sandiego.gov.
  • 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.

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 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 Lt. Todd Griffin at (619) 531-2275 or email at wgriffin@pd.sandiego.gov.
  • 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.