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12/11/2009 - 187 SUSPECT SOUGHT

Wanted: Arteaga GarciaCHULA VISTA 28-year old Maribel Arteaga, 2 months pregnant, was fatally stabbed Thursday night by her estranged husband, Jesus Arteaga Garcia. Arteaga fled the scene of the attack and is now being being sought by CVPD investigators.

Witnesses told police that Arteaga knocked on the woman's apartment door acjust before 8:30 p.m. on Santa Alicia Avenue near East Palomar Street. When she opened the door, he stabbed her.

The couple's two children, ages 6 and 4, were home at the time of the attack.

Maribel Arteaga worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Witnesses say she was stabbed with a long-bladed knife. The victim was taken to Mercy hospital, where she died.

Jesus Arteaga Garcia is a resident of National City. He was last seen driving a gray 2007 Ford Ranger pickup with California plate 8T23674. It has a yellow ribbon sticker in the rear window. Below you will find descriptions of two other vehicles he is known to drive. Garcia has a tattoo of a tiger on his right arm. He is considered dangerous and a threat to others.

The following are descriptions of the make, model, and license plates of two other vehicles suspect Jesus "Alex" Arteaga Garcia also has acccess to:

#1. An older-model, blue, Chevy minivan with Baja California, Mexico license plate number: BCW-66-27

#2. A newer model, white Chevy Cobalt LT with California license plate number: 6HKG044

Anyone with information regarding the attack or Jesus Arteaga Garcia's whereabouts should call their local police department or contact the Chula Vista Police Department at (619) 691-5151. For a reward of up to $1,000 in this case, anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers anonymous toll-free tipline at: (888) 580-8477.

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