Trail of Blood Leads from Homicide Victim to Starbucks: Chula Vista Police

A “very long blood trail” leads from the scene of a suspicious death to a Starbucks and may provide clues as to who killed a Chula Vista man, police said.

Chula Vista Police were called to the second-story building at 45 3rd Avenue at approximately 1:30 a.m. The crime scene is located east of Interstate 5 and south of State Route 54.

A 44-year-old Hispanic man was found lying in his doorway, suffering from “severe injuries,” police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. His identity has not been released.

Investigators then found a trail of blood and other evidence that stretches approximately a mile to a nearby Starbucks.

Chula Vista Police Lt. Fritz Reber said a roommate of the victim discovered the body and called it in to police. A pair of bloody pants were found near the crime scene.

“We’re still walking the trail,” Lt. Reber said. “We’ve come to a location where we can’t find anymore and that location is maybe a mile from here.”

While the cause of death has yet to be determined, Reber said it appears there was some type of struggle.

Investigators were collecting information from people who knew the victim. They’re also checking cameras and witnesses along the blood trail, Reber said.

No suspect information has been released.

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