San Diego

2nd Arrest Made in Killing of East Village Business Owner

Security cameras spotted two suspects: a man in a mask and a woman with purple hair

A woman believed to be tied to the killing of an East Village business owner has been arrested, the San Diego Police Department said Wednesday. 

Lorena Del Carmen Espinoza, 34, is suspected of being a possibly disguised woman spotted by surveillance cameras inside a flooring business after the slaying of 49-year-old Ghedeer Tony Radda. 

The East Village business owner was not breathing and had no pulse when officers arrived at the Bottom Price Flooring located on G Street on the afternoon of October 10. 

The next day, SDPD released surveillance photos showing a man wearing a mask resembling an older woman with grey hair and a woman in what appeared to be a long purple hair wig. 

Kevin Eugene Cartwright, 51, was arrested in the City of El Cajon on Oct. 17 and pleaded not guilty to murder charges later that week.

Espinoza will be arraigned on Friday. 

Prosecutors said at Cartwright's arraignment hearing that Espinoza lured Radda to the back of the store where Cartwright shot him multiple times before stealing money from the register.

The prosecutor did not say whether Cartwright knew Radda knew each other or did business together, and he did not reveal how investigators were able to identify Cartwright as the disguised man in the video.

Cartwright was once known as the "Wishing Well Bandit" for his role in a series of brutal beatings on elderly victims.

Police have not identified a motive in Espinoza's killing.

Anyone with information can call the homicide team at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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