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Suspect arrested in death of man near San Diego McDonald's restaurant

Posted at 6:57 AM, May 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-13 12:56:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – An arrest was made in connection with the death of a man outside of a McDonald’s restaurant in University Heights, San Diego Police announced.

On Wednesday, at around 2:45 a.m., SDPD officers were called to an area near Texas Street and El Cajon Boulevard in response to reports of possible gunshots.

Officers arrived to find a man down in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant on El Cajon Boulevard with what police described as “apparent trauma to his upper body.”

Emergency responders performed CPR at the scene before the victim was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital. Police said the victim, identified as 59-year-old Ernesto Gonzalez, died at the hospital.

According to police, the victim “was involved in some sort of disturbance with another man in the parking lot."

Police said information gathered at the scene allowed investigators to identify the suspect in the incident as 34-year-old Joshua Roberts.

Roberts was located in the North Park area later in the afternoon and was taken into custody, according to police. Police said Roberts was “booked into jail for his involvement in the victim’s death.”

The SDPD Homicide Unit is investigating the death, and anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.