Sheriff searching for transient suspected of East L.A. murder

Suspect Antonio Medina |LASD

EAST LOS ANGELES — The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department today released a photo of a transient suspected of murdering a woman he was dating.

Antonio Medina, 28, was heard arguing with the victim, 21-year-old, Kassandra Ochoa, in the 400 block of S. Sydney Drive  early Saturday morning before fleeing the scene, witnesses told the LASD. Deputies found Ochoa bleeding and unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene, with the county coroner determining that Ochoa died from blunt force trauma to her head.

LASD said that Medina, who is believed to be a transient, and Ochoa were in a “dating relationship. “He is known to frequent the East Los Angeles area, and homicide detectives think he may still be in the area,” said the LASD in an advisory.

Medina, who stands 5’7” tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds, appeared to be wearing a grey thermal shirt and dark pants when he fled the murder scene.

Persons who recognize Medina are asked to call the LASD’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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