3rd Person Arrested In Connection To Fatal Shooting

Ruben Acosta Jr. Arrested In Mexico

A 21-year-old man caught in Mexico was jailed in San Diego County Tuesday, along with his younger brother and father, all three of whom are facing charges in the shooting death of a man in Park West.

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Ruben Acosta Jr. was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in the July 24 death of Luis Espinoza, according to San Diego police homicide Lt. Kevin Rooney.

Espinoza and another man were found shot in an apartment in the 100 block of West Fir Street about 3:15 p.m. that Tuesday. Espinoza was declared later the same day, police said.

The other man, whose name was not made public, survived.

Shortly after the shooting, Ruben Acosta Sr., 40, and his 18-year-old son, Rodney, were arrested in a traffic stop in El Cajon by a California Highway Patrol officer. Police said the officer was acting on a request from San Diego police to be on the lookout for a certain vehicle seen leaving the shooting scene.

Acosta Jr. was caught in Tijuana's Colonia Libertad Monday about 7:40 p.m. and turned over at the border to San Diego police homicide detectives, who had a warrant for his arrest.

Acosta Sr. was being held at the George Bailey Detention Facility, and Rodney Acosta was at the South Bay Detention Facility. All three face murder and attempted murder charges.

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