Irwindale, CA: On Sunday, July 12, 2020 at about 2:11 AM, City of Irwindale police officers responded to the Arco gas station located at 110 Longden Street in the city of Irwindale regarding a male found lying in the parking lot.
On arrival, officers located a 61-year-old male victim with head trauma who was unconscious and non-responsive. The victim was treated by paramedics and taken to a local trauma center in serious condition. As a result of his injuries, the victim suffered substantial memory loss and has been unable to make a statement to investigators.
Officers learned from security camera recordings at the gas station that the victim got into a confrontation in the parking lot with an adult male, who arrived at the location in another vehicle. During the confrontation, the suspect suddenly and without apparent provocation, stuck the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the concrete, rending him unconscious and non-responsive. The suspect fled the location in a vehicle.
Using information from the security camera footage, investigators issued a release to the public asking for information on the identity of the suspect. This release included photographs of the suspect obtained from the security recordings, as well as a portion of the actual video footage. The release was shared on the police department’s social media accounts and website and received substantial media coverage.
Shortly after issuing the release, anonymous information was received via the Crime Stoppers website regarding the identity of the suspect. Using this information, investigators developed additional information leading to the identity of the suspect in this case. On today’s date, at about 5:30 PM, Irwindale Police Department detectives served an arrest warrant on the suspect, who was arrested without incident in the city of Irwindale.
This evening, Jesus Avila, Jr., a 33-year-old resident of South El Monte, was booked on attempted homicide charges. He is currently being held at the West Covina Police Department Jail on $2,001,500.00 bail, pending his court appearance.
We would like to thank the members of the community who submitted tips and information via the Crime Stoppers website that lead to the identification and arrest of this suspect.
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Sergeant Rudy Gatto, Public Information Officer, Telephone (626) 430-2245