Lake Elsinore: Gardener Murdered Tuesday Afternoon…Suspect at Large


On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 2:05pm, officers from the Lake Elsinore Police Department responded to a residence on the 16000 block of Holborow Avenue. CAL-FIRE paramedics were on-scene to provide medical aid to a Hispanic male adult with visible head trauma. Despite the efforts of CAL-FIRE, the victim was declared deceased at the scene.

He was later identified as 53-year-old, Juan De Leon Lopez, of Lake Elsinore.

According to the homeowner, Juan De Leon Lopez was one of two men hired for property maintenance and the second unidentified male fled the scene prior to the arrival of emergency personnel.

Based on the circumstances, investigators from the Lake Elsinore Station and the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation which is still on-going.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Trudeau at (951) 955-2777, or Lake Elsinore Station Investigator Cardinale at (951) 245-3300.

Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department