press release - 08191401

Joseph Morales, 27

 

Joseph Morales, 27

UPDATE: 05/15/15

 

Sheriff's Detectives Identify California Inmate as 4th Suspect in the Javier Limon Homicide

 

SANTA MARIA

 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office requested the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office today to file homicide and gang allegation charges against a fourth suspect for his involvement in the August 19, 2014 murder of Javier Limon of Santa Maria.  As a result of the ongoing investigation, Sheriff’s detectives determined 27-year-old Joseph Morales, who is a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate housed in the County of Los Angeles, orchestrated Limon’s murder from his prison housing unit with the use of a cellular phone.

Limon’s body was discovered deceased by a group of field workers in an agriculture field near the entrance to the Guadalupe Dunes.  Sheriff’s detectives from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office determined Limon had been murdered.  In September 2014, detectives arrested Gregorio Augustine, Arturo Granados and Yesenia Granados, all from Santa Maria, for the roles they are suspected to have played in the homicide. 

Sheriff's detectives continued to investigate this case and have identified additional suspects who participated in Limon’s death. 

Sheriff’s detectives requested the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office today to file the violations of California Penal Code § 187 - Homicide, and 186.22(b)(1) - gang allegation against Morales.  Currently, Morales is still an inmate with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, serving a sentence for his role in a 2006 attempted homicide that occurred in the City of Santa Maria.

 

 

 

UPDATE: 08/25/2014

 

An autopsy was performed on the body of 37-year-old Javier Alcantar Limon of Santa Maria last Thursday, August 21, 2014.  The medical examiner determined the cause of death to be a result of multiple gunshot wounds.  Due to the active investigation, no further information is being released at this time. 

If you have any information regarding this case, you are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s anonymous tip-line at (805) 681-4171.

 

 

 

UPDATE: 08/19/2014

 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the homicide victim discovered this morning, August 19, near Guadalupe.    He is 37-year-old Javier Alcantar Limon of Santa Maria.  Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

 

 

 

Sheriff's Office Investigates Homicide Near Guadalupe

 

Guadalupe - August 19th, 2014

 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred just outside the entrance to Guadalupe Beach in the 6900 block of Main Street.  At approximately 6:50 a.m. this morning, August 19, 2014, a group of field workers in the area discovered the body of a heavy-set Hispanic person, on the side of the road, face down in the dirt.  The men flagged down a passerby in a vehicle who then called 9-1-1 for help.

 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office responded along with personnel from the Guadalupe Police Department and the Guadalupe Fire Department.   The victim was determined to be deceased and the death is considered to be a homicide.   The Santa Barbara County resident has been identified but the name is being withheld until next of kin is notified.

 

The homicide is under investigation and at this point Sheriff’s Detectives do not have any suspects in custody.  If you have any information about the crime, you are asked to call the Sheriff’s anonymous tip-line at (805) 681-4171.

 

 

 

For Media Inquires Contact PIO Kelly Hoover

 

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