SAN DIEGO - A man who allegedly shot a 62-year-old North Park woman in the back last week after making a failed attempt to rob her in an alley near her home was behind bars Monday following his arrest at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Kenneth Ozua, 37, was taken into custody by federal agents Monday evening after he entered the United States from Tijuana at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, according to San Diego police.
About 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Ozua and his wife drove up alongside the victim in a white Chevrolet TrailBlazer in the 4000 block of Ohio Street, and he asked her for directions, Lt. Andra Brown said.
The victim, who had just put her mother into a vehicle in preparation for an outing, complied with the request. Ozua then allegedly got out, pulled a pistol and demanded her purse, prompting her to run off.
Ozua allegedly opened fire on the victim before getting back into his SUV and driving away to the north, toward Polk Avenue.
Medics took the victim, whose name was withheld, to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest for treatment of a bullet wound to her right shoulder.
Based on a tip from the public, detectives identified Ozua as the suspected assailant and learned that he allegedly had fled to Mexico following the shooting, Brown said.
Ozua was booked into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and several firearms charges, including being a felon in possession of a gun.
He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Ozua's 38-year-old wife, Mariela, remained at large Tuesday afternoon. Anyone with information on her whereabouts was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.com. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.