Second Suspect Arrested In Killing of East Village Business Owner

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities Wednesday announced a second suspect was arrested in connection with the Oct. 10 killing of the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim’s downtown business.

Lorena Del Carmen Espinoza, 34, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the slaying of 49-year-old Ghedeer “Tony” Radda of El Cajon, according to San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs.

On Oct. 17, Kevin Eugene Cartwright, 51, was arrested in El Cajon in connection with the killing, Dobbs said. Police did not disclose what led investigators to identify Cartwright and Espinoza as suspects or what either person’s role was in the alleged killing.

A customer made an emergency call shortly before 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 10 to report finding Radda dead inside his Bottom Price Flooring store in the 1000 block of H street, Dobbs said.

Radda was found with apparent trauma to his upper body, Dobbs said. Details on those injuries were not released.

A surveillance camera inside the business captured images of the suspected killers — a man wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask and a light- skinned woman with long purple hair, possibly a wig.

Police have not disclosed a suspected motive in the killing.

Espinoza was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to jail records. She is being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

On Oct. 19, Cartwright pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and he was ordered held in lieu of $5 million bail.

At Cartwright’s arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco called the attack on Radda “a calculated, violent and lethal ambush.”

Radda was lured into a back room by a woman wearing a purple wig, Greco said. Cartwright then allegedly came into the room, shot Radda multiple times, and took money from the register, the prosecutor said.

Cartwright is due back in court Thursday afternoon.

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