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[*] posted on 3-3-2018 at 06:52 PM
News: Suspect arrested in killing of elderly U.S. citizen in Bahía de los Angeles


Suspect arrested in killing of elderly U.S. citizen
in Bahía de los Angeles

By Sandra Dibble MARCH 3, 2018, 5:25 PM

Baja California law enforcement authorities have caught a suspect in the killing of a 75-year-old U.S. citizen who was found beaten to death in January in the community of Bahía de Los Angeles.

The victim, Charles Lewis Crabtree, had been a part-time resident of the picturesque fishing town on the Gulf of California. Members of the tight-knit U.S. expatriate community were shocked by his death.

According to authorities, Crabtree’s body was found on the ground outside a trailer on the afternoon of January 8 at Campos Amigo, a camping and RV park north of town where the victim had been living.

In a statement Saturday, the Baja California Attorney General’s Office announced the arrest of a 28-year-old suspect identified only as “Gabriel N.” The statement said that he had been captured by ministerial police in Bahía de los Angeles about 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Investigators said that the victim had been standing outside a motor home when the suspect struck him repeatedly with a hammer on his head and body. The victim’s corpse was found by a friend hours later at the same location, authorities said.

The authorities offered no motive for the killing.

The suspect remained in custody on Saturday, pending a hearing on Wednesday, when a judge will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to hold him for trial.

sandra.dibble@sduniontribune.com @sandradibble




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[*] posted on 3-10-2018 at 07:17 AM


Any idea of what the motive was? So sad.....
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[*] posted on 3-12-2018 at 05:23 PM


With a town that small, establishing the facts is easier than discussing it openly.

AFAIK, it's a (mostly) deserted camp with no tourists and 3 trailers/cabins - the deceased, a retired couple 100-150ft away, and the camp owner's brother about same distance.
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