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12/10/2010 - Search for Murder Suspect Continues

Suspect Arteaga GarciaCHULA VISTA One year after 28-year old Maribel Arteaga, 2 months pregnant, was fatally stabbed by her estranged husband, Jesus Arteaga Garcia. The search for Jesus Arteaga continues.

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

The murder happened On December 10, 2009. Jesus Arteaga fled the scene of the attack. It is believed he is in Mexico, his whereabouts possibly being concealed by family south of the border.

Witnesses told police that Arteaga knocked on Maribel Arteaga's apartment door just before 8:30 p.m. on Santa Alicia Avenue near East Palomar Street. When she opened the door, he attacked her with a knife.

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

Jesus Arteaga Garcia was a resident of National City. 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 had 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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