Tip Leads Police to Location and Arrest of Wanted Murder Suspect

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Man arrested for murderOn 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.

The suspect in this case was identified as the victim’s boyfriend, 24-year-old Marcos Gustavo Zermino, a documented gang member considered to be armed and dangerous. The Police and media shared this information with the community to warn them of this dangerous individual, and to elicit information to his whereabouts.

On Sunday, August 12, 2012, at approximately 1:45 a.m., detectives received a community tip that Suspect Zermeno the suspect wanted in the murder was at a residence in the area of Santa Fe Avenue and Oaks Street in Compton. Detectives responded to the location, located the suspect inside the residence and took him into custody without incident. The suspect was booked at the long beach police department and is being held on a 2 million dollar bail.

The Long Beach Police Department would like to thank the media and the community for working with us in taking this dangerous suspect into custody.

Anyone who may have information relating to this investigation is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips via text or web may be submitted by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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