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Bleeding Man Found Outside Lemon Grove Home Prompts Homicide Investigation

The man found bleeding to death outside a home in Lemon Grove was identified Wednesday, though deputies said they have not yet determined who is responsible for his death. 

The man identified as 47-year-old Juan Martinez was discovered by deputies at about 9 p.m. outside a Lemon Grove home in a neighborhood near a shopping center located south of State Route 94, north of Broadway and west of Lemon Grove Avenue.

Deputies had responded to a neighbor's report that there was loud banging on their door, SDSO Lt. Rich Williams said. 

Martinez was lying on the ground outside the home with serious and visible injuries to his upper body. It was not clear what type of injuries he suffered. 

Medics attempted to revive him but he was declared dead about 20 minutes after deputies arrived. 

Williams said an autopsy would need to be completed to determine Martinez' cause of death. The man's name would not be released until family could be notified. 

During the investigation, a sheriff's department helicopter was seen flying overhead announcing it was looking for an armed male suspect with black dreadlocks wearing a grey jacket and black backpack.

A lieutenant at the scene said they could not confirm a suspect description because they have several possible descriptions. Almost a week later, deputies had still not identified a suspect. 

A man in the area who used to live in the neighborhood said there's a lot of crime and warned people to be careful when they come around.

"It's no joke around here," Marcial Becerra said. "You really have to be careful when you come out here. It's always good to come out with somebody with you. Apparently, whoever lost their life tonight was alone."

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