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San Diego murder suspect with cartel ties detained

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 |

San Diego murder suspect arrested in Tijuana

On July 24, the freeway traffic throughout downtown San Diego was at a standstill, sweaty and tired commuters wiped the sweat from their brows, as they inched forward, virtually gridlocked.  There was always a little bit of a struggle for those who worked Downtown, but this wasn't normal.  Unknown to the frustrated drivers, the reason for the snarled traffic was a homicide, which took place in the afternoon hours on First and Fir.  Officers responding to the shooting quickly closed the freeway entrance to Interstate 5 north, with one of the main exit points blocked, things backed up quickly.  

The shooting took place at a a Residential, Transitional living facility, for homeless teens, in the Bankers Hill area, an upscale neighborhood, adjacent to Balboa Park.  However, the lower areas of the neighborhood are more mixed, with sober livings and by the week motels, next to low income health facilities.  If you know what you are looking for, one can see the recently released convicts on their exercise time in the lower areas of Park West, wearing older clothes, and using cd players, to listen to R&B.  

The victim was 27 year old Luis Espinoza, of Chula Vista, shot several times at the scene, he died at the hospital the following day.  Another 21 year old man was also shot, but is recovering, police declined to release the victims's name.  Two of the suspects, based on information gathered at the scene by responding officers were detained in El Cajon City, hours after the shooting, after a traffic stop.  They were Ruben and Rodney Acosta, a father and son, aged 40, and 18. The Acostas were said to have been visiting someone at the facility, and alleged to have gotten into an argument with the visitors of another resident.  The argument was heard throughout the afternoon by witnesses.  

At some point, shots were fired, and the Acostas fled in a Ford Expedition, which was described to police.  Three men were said to have fled the scene, but after police tracked the vehicle to El Cajon, only two were arrested.  The third man, likely the shooter, was dropped off.  Ruben Acosta Jr, , another son, 21 years old was named as the third suspect.  Weeks after the shooting, he was arrested yesterday in Tijuana, in Colonia Libertad.  Acosta was arrested by Tijuana PEP, and U.S Marshals, using information gathered in the weeks after the killing.  Acosta's tattoos were apparently used to positively ID him in the Tijuana neighborhood where he was hiding out.

 According to the Marshals, and the Tijuana authorities, Acosta, is linked to a cell in the service of the Sinaloa Cartel, and is known to participate in a variety of crimes, on both sides of the border, at the command of the cell leader.  Acosta is wanted for murder, assault, drug trafficking, and robbery, in San Diego.  The Acosta's are being held in seperate country jails, South Bay, George Bailey, and Central, with no bail for the senior Acosta, and 1,000,000 for the youngest.  The shooting is being described as gang related, but no motive has been presented, at this point.  It is likely all three of the Acosta's are involved in gang, and possibly drug trafficking activities.  

It is very common for street level enforcers, with dual citizenship to flee to Tijuana, and the United States to escape arrest and prosecution.  This arrest comes much sooner then the last high profile San Diego murder case, with ties to Tijuana and transnational crime organizations.  Earlier this year, after more then a year on the run, Armando Perez, 37, was arrested in Tijuana, on the tourist strip, Revolucion.  Perez, linked to the cell of Arellano Felix, through Melvin Quiterrez, allegedly murdered his wife, brutalizing her, and leaving her body in the bathroom of the Community College she attended. 

Sources, AFN Tijuana, 10news San Diego, UT San Diego. 

      

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68 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

i wouldnt mind see this asshole on a narco execution video ohh and chargers suck

Anonymous said...

Whats the 30 tattoo symbolize?...

Anonymous said...

nice boobie tats jajaja

Anonymous said...

PUNK

Anonymous said...

"were detained in El Cajon City hours after the shooting".

That's the way to scoop them up, none of this counting shell casings then standing around with your finger up your ass.

Next, a genuine trial then off to (a no free pass out, or hookers brought in) prison for life.

Job done.

Anonymous said...

What's the 30? Supposed to mean?
The 30 years he's guna do
Since America has the DEATH PENALTY
just to show cartel members if you get
Caught in America. You better hope
Your not a sicario cuse well
Death penalty your Culo/Ass.

Anonymous said...

Was he gana get breast implants??

Anonymous said...

Lol weird charger fan them volts makes it look like he has boobs

Siskiyou_Kid said...

Great story, and good writing as always, J.

I'm glad they got these guys, and of course it also reminded me of of the Armando Perez horror story.

Anonymous said...

Nice Charger emblem tit tattoos. Looks like Zena warrrior princess chest piece.


El Chiludo

Anonymous said...

Thats one sorry a$$ dad he raised them up that way and probably doesn't even regret the situation. Sad. The tattoos reveal his low quality of life and the future in prison he was destine for. To stupid to kill someone without tons of witnesses.

Anonymous said...

ay les va lo que me platico un compa de culiacan,, el famoso ondiado se entero hhace unos dias que el arturo,no fue quien ordeno la muerte de su hijo! Tambien que el ondiado quiso leventar a dona ramona pero el chapo le mando un mmensaje que se controlara o lo controlaban!! Es todo!! La cosa se va poner dura en sinaloa,mas de lo que esta!!! Saludos a mis compas de sinaloa!! Mis compas no son narcos para que no se confundan, pero aveces se mezclan con ellos!!

Anonymous said...

Father of the year goes to..... This jackass.. who raised 2 pieces of shit for society to deal with.. nice tats douchbag... Hope they all get death penalty... The US don't Fuck around.. like those clowns u call cops in Mexico....

J said...

The 30 tattoo could be ties to Logan, which, of course has longstanding ties to Tijuana, which would wrap up this nicely. All speculation though.

Anonymous said...

It's not Logan... He would have Logan heights all over... Unless its a different set of logan...

Anonymous said...

scary. I hope the death penalty comes soon for these scum bags. Seems like the future has no hope...when one sees this type of violence. Please stop the violence...come on man

Anonymous said...

LoL thats what I thought
L.O.L CANT STOP.

Anonymous said...

dirty stinking scumbag, cowering in mexico like a proper little BITCH!!!! E-Z

Anonymous said...

30th st. does run right through Logan heights so it's possible... As far as his breast tats im sure his new boyfriend in prison will love em lol

Anonymous said...

With those boobies he is ready to be someone's prison bitch lol

Anonymous said...

#30 for San Diego Chargers is running back Ronnie brown... Is this guy that stupid to actually put all that on his body? I guess he is... It looks like some type of S&M bra... What a pack of losers...

Anonymous said...

Yeah 30th st. A gang in San Diego

Anonymous said...

His tattoos look like he passed out drunk, and his 13yr old took a Sharpie to his dumb ass. I think if your one of these Mexican punks, it's better to get caught in Mexico. That way you can hang with your "holmies" all day. You know, blow them, give them a reach around.... have a good ol' vato gangbang in the showers. Nice "MOOBS" (man boobs) by the way!

Anonymous said...

The family that traffics drugs and kills together, rots in prison together!!! Its pathetic that the mexican authorities cant learn from the American authorities on how to properly investigate a crime scene and arrest the fugitive(s) in a timely manner.
And to the fammily of the year....Nice wife beater tan and tit tats, dad!!! Should have had "Winning" tattooed under the 30!

Anonymous said...

no the us does not have the death penalty,,,it is based on a state by state death penalty, unlike california i lived in san diego for many years,,,,texas does have the death penalty......so mr. nice dad and his boys will be doing no more than 25 years each and it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,,,,,a nooze would do for me.......glad i moved back to gods country....you bet TEXAS...........

Anonymous said...

Haha! Tits remind me of nip tuck! Fuck the chargers! And what a dumb fuck, stupid idiots gettin team tattos like if they get paid or get free tix or something, fulen LOW LIFES!!

Anonymous said...

30 stands for a set within logan heights, which has four main subsets. (Red Steps, 30th Street, 33rd Street, Logan Heights 13)

Anonymous said...

if charlie manson did not get the death penalty in california these fools wont either

Anonymous said...

30 means the Logan Heights gang..they got 4 sets within them...LH stands for Logan Heights..here they go...LH13, LH30, LH33 and LH red steps. Logan used to be big here in SD cause they would roll with the Arellano Felix..but they messed up here and there and now you rarely see them, but they still active here in SD and with the felix.

Anonymous said...

Man that dude is 21 ? He is in serious bad shape,gettin all floppy and shit.Son needs to work out a bit,get in shape,makes you feel good you wanna try it.

Anonymous said...

What a dumb .... At least work out if you re gonna put charger volts under your pecs too stupid all the way around fry him!

Anonymous said...

nice story J

Anonymous said...

Most people I know will tattoo Logan instead of a number or 30st.

Anonymous said...

Logan Heights Gang 30TA

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Anonymous said...

what u fail to realize is that is whats happening in your backyards.american bred pyshcos.just like all the neo-nazi pieces of shit .living the american dream .yall make america look like a fuckin joke

-tyrone-

Anonymous said...

This is one of el chaputo's badass ex military elite soldiers everyone talks about. You cheerleaders were right! Snitchaloa could hold it down against seals! Hahahahahahahaha!

Anonymous said...

This is an old LA Times article about the killing of Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo and it mentions a "Calle Treinta" or 30th street gang in San Diego:

http://articles.latimes.com/1993-07-04/news/mn-9959_1_san-diego-gang-members

FRQ said...

Porque se va a poner dura la cosa? El M1 se le va a voltiar al Chapo? Saludos y Gracias.

Anonymous said...

Well there you have it.. This asshole is one pf many deported gangmembers that chapo thinks are gonna go against the seals. All those cartel cheer hoes need to get deported too. This way they experience first hand,the lies,the hunger,and death with the cartel of their choice. This dude was picked up in tj. Chapos territory?????
With love SAM
SARCASMO

Anonymous said...

someone needs a man-bra

Juan Doe said...

yes its Calle Treinta from Logan Heights

Anonymous said...

For people that live and know San Diego: Barrio Logan is located in the South Bay of San Diego, not to far from the San Ysidro-Tijuana Border. East of Barrio Logan is Imperial Ave & Market Street, Crip territory. Barrio Logan has two sets: Logan 30 & Red Steps! Please do your research before other people post Stupid Shit! Good Article by the way Borderlandbeat!

Anonymous said...

Great Job Murrica, you managed to catch one of your own. low level guy wanted in a shootout

Anonymous said...

Who gives a fuck about Logan Heights. Is not like if Logan Heights was the shit, they used to be back in the days, but they are no more most of the mother fuckers I know are small time criminals.

Anonymous said...

Ponganse a pensar compa, el m1 mato mucha gente inocente, y ahora que sabe la verdad de quien estaba detras de la muerte de tachillo, es suficiente para uno volverse loco,bien lo dice el corrido" los que mataron a tu hijo,a tu cara se han burlado....." ay viene mas sangre!

Anonymous said...

What a lame

Anonymous said...

"Great Job Murrica, you managed to catch one of your own. low level guy wanted in a shootout"
At least"Murrica"caught him,and now his ass gets put away,and you can actually see and hear about it,know what i mean?Because he is low level is also good pointer,if you run around killing people,it wont be tolerated and we will actively search for your worthless ass and lock you away for ever.Where is the problem with that?

Anonymous said...

OMG Guys! This is "El Ruby" I went to High School with this guy... Sucks to see him locked up... at 16 we were pretty much controlling parts of sinaloa with "el Tieso" mostly in mochis, el carrizo, choix, ahome and estacion francisco by el fuerte... I left that last year... and now im in san diego... I had no IDEA this guy was in san diego... we could of been homies again...

el phadse

Anonymous said...

And to think,there are 1000s of upstanding citizens just like him coming to the place they hate so much,USA.

Anonymous said...

August 17, 2012 10:19 AM And to think,there are 1000s of upstanding citizens just like him coming to the place they hate so much,USA.

Most likely he was born right here.

Anonymous said...

Your stupid why would chapo
Send his best trained to san diego
Or Tijuana HE WOULD SEND THEM
TO SOUTH AMERICA LIKE PERU
BOLIVIA AND COLOMBIA TO GO
PICK UP SOME WORK/COCAINE.
BECAUSE ITS PROBABLY A VERY
DANGEROUS TASK. AND THIS GUY
WITH THE CHARGERS TATTOOS
WAS JUST THE GUY THAT GETS
THE WORK OVER OUR BOARDERS.
OR PROBABLY HALCON/LOOK OUT.
@2:48 YOU THINK EL CHAPO
NEVER TOOK THE TIME TO
THINK THAT SEALS WOULD BE AFTER
HIM. HE PROBABLY HAS HIS OWN NAVY SEALS AERO MOVIL FUERSAS
ESPECIALES. TRAINED BY US.


Anonymous said...

Foos from Logan 30s

Anonymous said...

Your such a moron

Anonymous said...

Did u just say OMG??!! U and this guy are idiots ... So ur probably a snitch too... How is this Dumbasses gonna go against seals?? I guys are a joke.. get off the cartels nuts... Stop listening to gay CORRIDOS... Everyone who wears ferrari shoes are mafiosos now...haha

Anonymous said...

I think his next jaihouse tat should be "Loser"..

Anonymous said...

You must have bolt tattoos too then right? Lol

Anonymous said...

30 was a code for the protection of ramon arellano. From logan heights. It was a squad of members....Inge 10-5

Anonymous said...

El m1 no es gente del chapo es gente del mayo pendejos

Anonymous said...

El m1 vale monda.. pinche viejito drogadicto... Es Gente del Mayo o de el chapo de todas maneras es culon

Anonymous said...

-tyrone-
What are you flappin your gums about now tireiron?
Oh the US again?

Anonymous said...

I'd pay money to see him at a strip club. His tits are almost as nice as mine. .

Anonymous said...

el phadse

you probably played with his tits too. I like your "pretty much controlled " comment. You controled jack sh*t. The only thing you guys controlled was the vibrator you shoved in each others ass. your a big V for vagina . lmao controlled choix. God poor dumb mexican punks like you make our future look hopeless for mexicans.

Anonymous said...

"El m1 vale monda.. pinche viejito drogadicto... Es Gente del Mayo o de el chapo de todas maneras es culon"
Yeah man,right on.Dude looks like a straight up tweakin coke head.He still thinks he some young buck actin like a rock star.The wavy with his knife and AR,he keepin low right now.Fucks up with them puttin pictures on the net ?

white boy said...

sea como sea EL INGENIERO esta tranquilo que les dice parejitas cds esta en el charco y como ven no puede cn el paquete claro el pertenece ah cds!!! hmmmmmmmammmmmmammmmm

Anonymous said...

stay up carnalito. say hi to your jefito for me. always remember.... brains and deciet are better than brawn and fame.
trucha !!!! xxx

Anonymous said...

Bunch a rejects from Logan HEights like father like son , both fucks up sucks your dad never showed you the ropes you should of learned from your dads mistakes and you might of still been doing good good luck in the pin. And by the way for all you dumb motherfuckers "30" is for 30th street LOgan heights in San Diego i think the charger bolts would have gave it away anyway.

godhavemercy said...

Because the person that died was a piece of shit not an innocent square bare like all u 9 to 5 people. This dude Acosta is a straight up gangster. Loyal respectful amongst other things. You guys have no idea. Either way the Acostas are innocent, god save them please. Its not his fault where he was born and raised, it's hard out here for people when your a minority and the white government has made it for the ghetto to stay ghetto and the people of action usually turn to gangster ways because of how America treats their ghettos all over the world. God bless the world

Anonymous said...

I know this guy and he's not in no gang he actually jumped out of the gang life when hos son was born which is why he is in P.C because he got stabbed in jail when he came out the gang. It's funny how police give misinformattion

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