Crime expert: Mask may be key to solving East Village murder

Posted at 11:50 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 07:29:15-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The distinctive mask used by a murder suspect in the East Village may be the very thing that gets him caught, according to crime experts.

Former El Cajon Police investigator Kevin LaChapelle told 10News while the suspect may have hidden his own face, he gave detectives a solid lead.

“That [mask] actually is going to more helpful than hurtful for investigators,” said LaChapelle.

He said police have likely started searching through stores that sell the mask and may be able to find surveillance video of the suspect.

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10News found what appeared to be the same mask at a Party City store in the Midway District, suggesting it is widely available. Though, with a list price of $59.99, it may not be a common purchase.

“I think they are really hoping that someone comes forward with information that they recognize those masks,” said LaChapelle.

The man in the mask, along with a female accomplice with purple hair wearing sunglasses, is wanted in connection to the death of 42-year-old Ghedeer Radda.

Radda, known by friends as Tony, owned Bottom Price Flooring on G Street in the East Village.

His body was found lifeless by a customer on Wednesday around 3:40 p.m.

Police released photos of the suspects later that day.

Investigators have not yet released a motive, though Radda’s family told 10News his wallet and gun were missing.

Anyone with information is urged to call the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.