Two arrested in year-old Lincoln Acres slaying

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – Two alleged gang associates were jailed Thursday in connection with the slaying of a developmentally disabled young man who was gunned down last year while riding his bicycle home from his girlfriend's house on a rural road near the Sweetwater River.

Humberto Emanuel Galvez, 19, and Juan Ignacio Gomez, 21, were taken into custody at a Chula Vista home Thursday morning and booked on suspicion of “senselessly and brutally” murdering 21-year-old Jordan Hickey of National City, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said during an afternoon briefing.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. last April 29, deputies responding to a report of gunfire found Hickey mortally wounded near his downed beach cruiser on a sidewalk alongside Grove Street in the tiny unincorporated community of Lincoln Acres, a few blocks from his home. He died at the scene, despite medics' attempts to save his life.

The sheriff declined to disclose a possible motive for the killing. Galvez and Gomez were believed to have gang ties, but the shooting apparently was unrelated to those alleged connections, according to Gore.

The suspects and the victim had no known relationship, the sheriff told reporters.

“We do not believe they knew or had anything to do with Jordan (prior to the slaying),” Gore said.

Authorities also would not reveal what led them to identify Galvez and Gomez as the alleged killers. Keith Slotter, special agent in charge of the FBI's San Diego-area office, would only say the investigation had “heated up” in recent weeks.

Slotter did note, however, that the case had been featured several times on “San Diego's Most Wanted,” a television show that profiles local unsolved cases and seeks tips from the public.

Slotter called the arrests “an important first few steps” toward giving the victim's family “some peace of mind.”

The suspects were being held in county jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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