South Bay Escapee Sought in 1989 Murder

Antonio Morgan Orosco is accused of killing a man in San Ysidro in July 1989

By Monica Garske
|  Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013  |  Updated 6:19 PM PDT
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Photos of murder suspect Antonio Morgan Orosco from 1987 (left, right) and 1989 (middle).

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A man who escaped from a South Bay jail more than 24 years ago is being sought by San Diego homicide detectives in connection with a 1989 murder.

According to the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit, suspect Antonio Morgan Orosco was allegedly involved in the shooting death of a man in San Ysidro on July 3, 1989.

Detectives say Orosco and an associate known only as “Tavo” shot the victim to death in the 200 block of Front Street.

Orosco was later arrested for his involvement in the homicide and booked into the South Bay Detention Facility.

While awaiting trial, detectives say Orosco managed to somehow escape from jail. He quickly fled the area and has been on the lam ever since, sought by officials for his involvement in the murder.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on Orosco’s whereabouts to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and a $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Orosco’s arrest.

Detectives say Orosco is also known by the nickname “Lefty,” as well as the following aliases: Antonio Orosco Morgan; Sergio Martinez; Jesus Martinez; Sergio Juarez Rios; Gerardo Casillas Torres; Gerardo Torres Casillas; Jose Quintero; Jose Luis Quintro.

Investigators say he has used several different dates of birth ranging from June 1965 to April 1968. Orosco is described as 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has two tattoos -- one that reads “Mexicano” on the back of his right arm and another on the back of his left arm that reads “Orgullo.”
 

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