Police Search for Suspect Wanted in Girlfriend’s Murder

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Marcos Gustavo Zermeno

The Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted in connection with the murder of his live-in girlfriend and mother of his three children.

On Saturday, August 4, 2012, at approximately 10:35 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a mobile home park in the 6400 block of Atlantic Avenue, in regards to a shooting. Once on scene, they discovered the body of 22-year-old Eleonora Rivera Hidalgo inside a vehicle parked at a residence within the park. Victim Hidalgo, who had sustained a gunshot wound to her upper torso, was being treated by witnesses. She was transported to a local hospital by paramedics and pronounced deceased shortly after arriving.

The preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the shooting, the victim and the suspect were arguing inside the vehicle that was parked outside their home. When a gunshot was heard, witnesses went outside to check on the couple and found the injured victim in the vehicle. As the suspect fled, he attempted to steal an unoccupied vehicle and was last seen jumping over a fence in the complex before disappearing from the area and remains outstanding.

The victim and suspect lived together at the location and shared three children, ages seven, six, and two, who are now in the care of family. The suspect is identified as 24-year-old Marcos Gustavo Zermeno, a male Hispanic, 5’6” tall and 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Suspect Zermeno is a documented gang member and has a tattoo on his lower right neck that reads “Eleonora,” a collage of skulls on his right shoulder, and “Compton” on his right forearm. Detectives believe there is a possibility he may try to flee to Mexico.

The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous and at no time should anyone attempt to approach or detain him. Anyone who may have information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call the Long Beach Police Communications Center at (562) 435-6711. For an immediate police response call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com. Anyone with information relating to the investigation should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244.

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