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Documented Gang Members Arrested in Death of Man in Valley Center

Two documented gang members were arrested in connection with the death of a man found unresponsive in his car in Valley Center in February.

Jonathan Gonzalez was arrested on Thursday, and Guillermo Bravo was arrested on Monday, 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 in the 29200 block of 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.

Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the case and are looking for additional persons of interest.

Anyone with information is asked to 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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