Arrest made in death of Oceanside man

Posted at 9:17 AM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 22:07:57-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - A transient was arrested in connection with the death of a 77-year-old military veteran whose body was discovered by his wife inside their Oceanside home in August.

Oceanside police said DNA evidence helped them identify 21-year-old Cary Lamont Reid Jr. as the suspect in the Aug. 14 killing of John Roth.

According to police, on Sunday, officers responded to a report of a person lying in a parking lot in the 500 block of North Coast Highway. When officers arrived, they came into contact with Reid and eventually arrested him in connection with Roth’s death.

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Police said the parking lot is “directly behind the victim’s residence.”

Police did not release any further information on the case.

On Aug. 14, at about 7 a.m., Zui Pang arrived at her home on North Tremont Street and saw her husband dead inside. Police said Roth suffered severe trauma to his upper body.

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Police also said numerous possessions were taken from the home, including a computer, cellphone and jewelry.