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Death of downtown San Diego business owner: Suspect wearing purple wig arrested

Posted: 7:52 AM, Oct 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-01 00:41:32Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A woman wearing a purple wig spotted at the scene of a murder at a downtown San Diego business was arrested, police said Wednesday.

According to San Diego police, 34-year-old Lorena Del Carmen Espinoza was taken into custody on Tuesday for her alleged role in the death of 49-year-old Ghedeer “Tony” Radda, the owner of Bottom Price Flooring on G Street.

"That even makes it better. Now everyone that was involved in that has been apprehended," said Jeffery Frazier, a friend of Radda's.

The other suspect in the crime, 51-year-old Kevin Eugene Cartwright was arrested on Oct. 17.

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At about 3:42 p.m. on Oct. 10, a customer found Radda unresponsive inside the store . Emergency responders tried life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead several minutes later.

Police said Radda had “apparent trauma to his upper body.” The District Attorney's office later revealed he had been shot several times.

Surveillance cameras captured two people in disguises at the business -- one wearing a granny mask, the female donning a purple wig.

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Through their investigation, detectives identified Cartwright as a suspect and learned he was once a customer of Radda’s.

Detectives were led to Espinoza through a tip. She was arrested at her residence in San Diego. She's expected to make her first appearance in court on Friday, November 2.