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DA's office partners with Crime Stoppers for "Light the Night Against Crime" 5K

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County's top prosecutor Thursday announced a partnership with San Diego Crime Stoppers for its upcoming 25th annual "Light the Night Against Crime" 5K race.

The district attorney's office pledged Crime Stoppers $50,000 in asset forfeiture funds seized from criminals and distributed for crime prevention and other programs.

"Our office is proud to be a strong partner with Crime Stoppers for this outstanding community event and their reward programs throughout the year," said San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. "Thanks to their work, thousands of criminal cases have been solved over the years."

Crime Stoppers expects more than 3,000 runners and walkers at the event, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Balboa Park. This year's race is dedicated to locating Julio Cesar Mendez, a suspect in the July 29 murder of 20-year-old college student Sonny Carrillo, whose family is expected to attend.

Registration for the race will be done Friday at Road Runner Sports, at 5549 Copley Drive, or Saturday at Balboa Park.

The annual "Light the Night Against Crime" events raise money for rewards paid to those who call Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line with information leading to a felony arrest in the San Diego area, as well as to fund community education programs, according to the event's organizers.

San Diego Crime Stoppers has assisted in solving 4,150 cases, including 114 homicides, 41 rapes and 668 robberies, since it was formed in 1984, officials said.

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