Oceanside CA— On Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 6:24 PM, Oceanside Police Officers responded to a report of a burglary, with the suspect inside the residence, at 545 Greenbrier Dr. The 48 year-old victim saw the suspect run from his apartment.
Responding units observed the suspect walk into a Big Lots store close by where he was subsequently arrested. It was later determined that the suspect, identified as Caleb Mendez, is wanted in connection with the murder of a 40-year-old woman in Upland, California.
Just prior to the burglary incident, at 5:55 PM, Oceanside Police responded to a call of a 44 year-old female that was assaulted outside her residence at 560 Greenbrier Dr. The suspect description matches that of Caleb Mendez. The victim of the assault was transported to Scripps La Jolla with major head trauma.
The case investigation is continuing by the Oceanside Police Departments Crimes of Violence Unit and the Upland Police Department.