Police try to dispel rumors surrounding Montecito Heights suicide


MONTECITO HEIGHTS —  His body was found last week hanging from a fence post near Avenue 43 and the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Police said  that the victim, a 29-year-old Latino who lived in the area, had hung himself. But rumors about possible foul play have persisted, with some claiming that the man had been shot and his hands tied behind his back.   On Monday night, one week after the man was found dead, Capt. Martin Baeza of the Hollenbeck Division went before the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council to try and put those rumors to rest.

“The [man] was not shot nor were his hands tied,” Baeza said in an email after  his appearance before the council.  “The photo on social media does not show that either. The death is continuing to be investigated as a suicide with no evidence of foul play.”

According to detectives,  the man had hung himself from a post attached to a chain link fence that separates the Arroyo Seco channel from the freeway,

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  1. The correct term is “hanged himself,” not “hung himself.”

  2. Glad to hear it wasn’t a murder and the rumors are being put to rest. Sick of seeing people try and create drama when there isn’t any or Fear Mongering saying it’s a serial killer on the loose again. Can’t wait to hear how they are gonna try and blame the hipsters for this tragic event. May he rest in peace and his family have faith right now that he is with God.

  3. Esmeralda Erickson

    I just don’t believe it was a suicide at all

  4. I knew the man personally. Not really well, but I knew him.
    He had some gang ties, but he was trying to get his life right.
    I had a talk with him one day and he told me it was so hard because he didn’t get positive reinforcement from anyone.
    He was only 29, his mother has passed and his father lives in Mexico.
    He always helped me carry groceries or heavy boxes in. He helped me with my lawn. He seemed like a good person, but I didn’t know about the gang related part of his life..
    I do not believe it was suicide. I don’t even understand how he would be able to jump over the fence, which is almost 6 feet tall in order to do this.
    I drive by where it happened everyday and still feel an extreme amount of sadness.

    • I had known him from years back he was a very good man yea troubled past but none the less he was a humble person, I also don’t see it being suicide, I do think given his background and gang ties he was just overlooked and rather than look into his death simply ruling it suicide was a lot easier.

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