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Police call on Hispanic community for help finding suspected wife killer

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities sought to enlist help from the Hispanic community on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in tracking down a man suspected of stabbing his 19-year-old estranged wife to death at San Diego City College last fall.

A fellow student found the body of National City resident Diana Gonzalez in a bloodied men's room at the Park Boulevard campus late on the evening of Oct. 12. Her family had reported her missing a short time earlier, after she failed to meet them outside the school for a ride home following a night class.

Gonzalez's husband, 37-year-old Armando Gabriel Perez, has been at large since the slaying. Investigators believe he is hiding out in Tijuana, where he has relatives.

Perez, who was married to Gonzalez for about 10 months, is the father of her year-old daughter. The day after the killing, his blue 1999 Ford Mustang was found abandoned just south of the U.S. border.

Police are distributing copies of a Spanish-language wanted poster in Baja California and southern San Diego in hopes of spurring a break in the case, SDPD Assistant Chief David Ramirez told reporters during a briefing this afternoon.  

"We're reaching out to citizens that live in Tijuana and in Mexico that may know Armando Perez's whereabouts," he said. "There's been a special tip line that's been created in Tijuana for citizens ... to call in (information)."

Authorities have sealed the results of Gonzalez's autopsy, but a criminal complaint charging Perez with murder alleges a knife was used in the fatal assault.

A police captain said the nature of the young woman's wounds made it difficult to readily identify her, and witnesses described the scene of the killing as gruesome and very bloody.

In the weeks preceding the slaying, Gonzalez's relatives had been driving her to and from school out of concern that her husband might try to harm her, according to police.

Last September, she filed a police report accusing Perez of kidnapping her, beating her and repeatedly raping her while holding her captive in motel rooms for several days.

He was jailed, and the SDPD Domestic Violence Unit investigated the case and forwarded it to the District Attorney's Office, which declined to file charges. Perez was released from custody after four days behind bars.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has declined to disclose why the abduction-assault case was not pursued.

Perez is a 5-foot-9 inch, roughly 170-pound Latino with black hair, brown eyes and the letters "RS" or "LRS" tattooed on his right hand.

San Diego County Crime Stoppers has posted a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest.

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