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New Arrest in Death of Man in Valley Center Homicide Investigation

Another person has been arrested in connection with the death of a man found unresponsive in his car in Valley Center in February.

Detectives with the San Diego Sheriff's homicide detail arrested Escondido resident Sandra Garcia on Thursday.

Two documented gang members were previously arrested in connection with the death of the same man.

Jonathan Gonzalez was arrested on Thursday, August 3, and Guillermo Bravo was arrested on Monday, August 7, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO). Both are North County residents.

Gonzalez and Bravo were in custody at the San Diego County Jail on unrelated charges at the time of their arrests.

Deputies had been responding to reports of a fight on Feb. 27 when they found 28-year-old Jose Ortiz dead inside his car on Cole Grade Road north of Fruitvale Road. He had a gunshot wound to his torso, SDSO officials said.

First responders attempted to treat Ortiz, but he died shortly after.

Ortiz's death was ruled a homicide by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Detectives continue to investigate this case and are continuing to look for additional persons of interest.

Anyone with information can call the Homicide Detail at (858)974-2321 or Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477. A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest.

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