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Possible motives emerge in mechanic's murder

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Nicolas Rosales, 47, is sought in the shooting death of Loma Portal business owner Jalal "Joe" Abou. Nicolas Rosales, 47, is sought in the shooting death of Loma Portal business owner Jalal "Joe" Abou.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The search continues for the man suspected of murdering a mechanic in Loma Portal.

San Diego police have issued an arrest warrant for 47-year-old Nicolas Rosales. Rosales used to work for Jalal "Joe" Abou, who was gunned down at his repair shop last week.

While slain Loma Portal auto repair shop owner Joe Abou's loved ones mourn his loss and police try to catch his alleged killer, former employee Nicolas Roasles, a motive for the murder may be emerging and it may be about money.

Court documents show another mechanic, Frank Zittel, told investigators "Just two or three weeks before the incident, Rosales stopped by the business driving a white SUV."

Zeitel says "He collected a few pieces of mail from Abou and after viewing the mail, became angry." He says "The man accused Abou of keeping a correspondence that had information pertaining to him inheriting a business. They argued and the man left."

Abou's widow Amira had heard nothing from her husband about the argument, but is confident Nicolas Rosles will be caught.

"I have a strong faith in God, and I'm praying a lot to get him," she said.

The 47-year-old City Heights man was last seen driving his dark green Honda sedan away from the crime scene. Authorities believe he might be in Mexico.

Standing behind his apartment door, Jarwin Rosales says he has no idea where his father is. He had been living with him, his wife and young son.

"He was never really around for me, so… I've got my own family to take care of already so it's my business to take care of my family. He's gone out of my life," Jarwin Rosales said.

News 8 has also learned Nicolas Rosales was seen in the Honda on surveillance video dropping his other son Jorge off for work at a Midway area towing company an hour before the shooting.

Police are hoping somebody spots the vehicle with California license plate 5YRJ935.

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