Manhunt underway: Suspect wanted for shooting bounty hunter, opening fire on police in California

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NATIONAL CITY, CA – Authorities in California are currently offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man accused of shooting a bounty hunter back in March in Chula Vista and who also allegedly shot at National City Police officers during the early morning hours of April 5th.

Back on March 16th, 36-year-old Christopher Marquez allegedly opened fire on bail recovery agents who were attempting to arrest him at his home located within the 600 block of East J street in Chula Vista, California.

Jesse Nunez, who is the partner of the bounty hunter that was wounded in the incident, alleged that Marquez fired anywhere between seven to nine rounds when they had approached the suspect at his doorstep. Luckily, the bounty hunter suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Needless to say, the shooting incident from March 16th prompted a response from Chula Vista Police who sent a SWAT team over to the residence after they had obtained a search warrant. However, when authorities arrived, Marquez was already gone.

This then brings us to the incident that allegedly occurred on April 5th.

It was around 2:30 a.m. that morning when National City Police officers happened upon a stolen vehicle at a Jack in the Box drive-thru on 7th St in National City, California where Marquez was allegedly a rear-seat passenger inside of the stolen vehicle.

When officers noticed the stolen vehicle at the drive through, they first called the Jack in the Box location in order to instruct the employees to lock all of their doors.

After informing the fast food restaurant employees of the aforementioned, NCP officers stopped the stolen car and reportedly the driver and front passenger were completely compliant with all of the officers’ commands.

However, in the rear seat of that vehicle was Marquez, who allegedly jumped out of the car and fled on foot following the stop. Reportedly, two officers wound up pursuing Marquez, who was said to have been headed toward the Interstate 5 on-ramp near 7th St.

As officers were pursuing Marquez on foot, authorities allege that Marquez turned around and fired multiple shots at the pursuing officers. Authorities say the officers returned fire as Marquez was running across the freeway.

Marquez was able to elude authorities at that time. Officials say that none of the officers were struck by Marquez’s alleged gunfire, but they are uncertain if the suspect was at all struck by any gunfire during his escape.

Unsurprisingly, a manhunt was launched after the April 5th incident, but all that was recovered was a firearm that may have allegedly been used by the suspect during the incident.

Law enforcement officials are now offering a $1,000 reward for any information that can lead to the arrest of Marquez. Authorities describe the at-large suspect as standing 5’8 and weighing in at about 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

The suspect is said to frequent the South Bay area and also has a distinct, circular-shaped tattoo near his right eye and another tattoo around the top of his chest.

Authorities say that the suspect is to be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to contact either the National City Police Department at (619) 336-4411 or Crime Stoppers for those who wish to remain anonymous at (888) 580-8477.

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In other news related to at-large suspects, there are reportedly more than a handful in New York City that are linked to attacks on elderly victims. 

Here’s that recent report from earlier in April. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Authorities recently released surveillance footage depicting an assailant violently charging and knocking down a 73-year-old man in broad daylight.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in helping identify the suspect caught on camera.

The incident transpired slightly before 9:00 a.m. on April 3rd as the victim was standing along the sidewalk out front of 448 West 47th Street.

Video surveillance showcases the suspect aggressively running toward the victim before colliding with him, which results in the elderly victim falling to the ground. Authorities say that the suspect then ran eastbound on 47th Street

Luckily, the victim was transported to a nearby hospital and was reported as being in stable condition.

The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in helping identify the assailant seen on the video.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, are urged to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

In other news regarding suspects wanted in New York City, authorities are actively searching for a suspect who allegedly attacked a 62-year-old woman in late March aboard a train in Queens. 

According to a release from the NYPD regarding the incident, a black male suspect was aboard the southbound “E” train on March 24th at approximately 5:25 p.m. when he punched a 62-year-old woman in her throat. 

Police say that the suspect fled the area after attacking the woman. 

The NYPD shared images of the suspect, who remains at-large, noting that he’s currently wanted for assault. Police are again asking for anyone with information on the incident or the suspect to please contact Crime Stoppers with their tips on the case. 

There’s been a string of investigations regarding attacks on the elderly in New York City as of late, as authorities are also investigating an assault of a 75-year-old woman that occurred on April 4th. 

According to authorities, a male suspect punched a 75-year-old woman in the face at approximately 3:14 p.m. on April 4th, just outside of 168 Lenox Avenue in Manhattan. 

Video of the incident shows the suspect duck underneath the scaffolding on the sidewalk so as to get in front of the victim and punch her unprovoked as she walked by. 

Once again, any and all tips regarding this or any ongoing NYPD investigation can be reported by calling NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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