Man Killed After Crime Spree Had Criminal Past - NBC 7 San Diego

Man Killed After Crime Spree Had Criminal Past

Adolfo Vargas Tovar, 47, had served time in prison three separate times



    5 Falltacular Ways to Connect With Your Family
    NBC 7 San Diego
    SWAT officers joined the search for Tovar on Friday, May 24.

    A man who died after being shot during a SWAT pursuit last week in Bay Terraces had a criminal history, according to court documents.

    Adolfo Vargas Tovar, 47, robbed a gas station, stole a car and held a man hostage before being fatally shot by police officers last Friday.

    In 2006, Tovar had been arrested and charged with a felony of possessing cocaine and misdemeanor charge of driving without a license. He had also been jailed in 1987 and 2001, making him eligible for increased prison time under the Three Strikes Law.

    In 2006, Tovar plead guilty to possessing a controlled substance. During the hearing, Tovar’s lawyer said he had a “longtime cocaine addiction.” Tovar was then sentenced to seven years in state prison.

    Suspect Shot in SWAT Search

    [DGO] Suspect Shot in SWAT Search
    An armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by police in Bay Terraces after he led officers and SWAT on wild pursuit through the area. NBC 7's Lea Sutton reports.
    (Published Saturday, May 25, 2013)

    It is unknown if Tovar served his full time or if he was serving parole, as the San Diego Correctional Facility office did not immediately return a call from NBC 7 San Diego.

    Tovar also held a man hostage on Friday, who later told NBC 7 that Tovar entered his home and made violent threats.

    “He told me, ‘Don’t go outside, I’m going to kill you.’ And so, he’s touching me, so all of a sudden, he grabbed me, so I pushed him,” he recalled.

    Armed Man Fatally Shot in Bay Terraces

    [DGO] Armed Man Fatally Shot in Bay Terraces
    Police shot and killed an armed man who led them on a wild pursuit through the Bay Terraces area. NBC 7's Chris Chan reports.
    (Published Saturday, May 25, 2013)

    Tovar was later shot by police officers as he was trying to escape the house.

    Get the latest from NBC 7 San Diego anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android