Alleged murderer brought back to face charges after fleeing to Mexico, authorities say

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A California man who allegedly fatally shot his ex-girlfriend in broad daylight in the last month before fleeing the country has returned to the US. after his arrest in Mexico on Wednesday, authorities said.

Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montlcair, is accused of shooting his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend Thalia Flores and a second unknown male victim, 21 March, around 2:45 pm, while the two were sitting in a car in the parking lot of a discount store in Chino. Both communities are approximately 36 km east of Los Angeles.


Julio Cesar Rocha, 25, of Montlcair, Calif. was located in Mexico on Wednesday and returned to California, where he is facing murder and attempted murder charges in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend, Thalia Flores.
(City of Chino Police department)

Flores died on the spot. The man, whose name was not released, ran to a nearby hospital, where he recovered from his gunshot wounds.

Rocha allegedly fled the scene and remained at large for more than a month, the Daily Bulletin reported. He was arrested at 4:30 pm after arriving at the Los Angeles International Airport to Mexico, KTLA-TV reported.

The suspect was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga of murder and attempt to murder against, the City of Chino Police Department said on Facebook.

Flores ended her seven year relationship with Rocha just two months before her death and lived in fear for him till that moment, a sister of the victim, Bernice Flores, told the Daily Bulletin.

“He said so often to other people, ‘If I can’t have her, nobody will.’ “Flores said, adding that her sister stayed in the relationship longer that she liked in fear that Rocha would hurt her or her family if she went.

Rocha is convicted of felony battery in 2016 and sentenced to 60 days in prison. Initially, he was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, but the charges were reduced in a plea deal, the Daily Bulletin reported.


Rocha was convicted for the offence of resistance or obstructing a peace officer in 2014. A second charge of misdemeanor battery was dropped in a plea deal, and Rocha was ordered to a 26-week anger management course, according to the San Bernardino County Superior Court records. Rocha was later arrested and sentenced to 10 days behind bars for failing to complete the course.

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