AUG. 9, 2019
T he C oast News
Man pleads not guilty to murder in daughter’s death OCEANSIDE — A man accused of killing his 7-year-old daughter at the family's Oceanside home pleaded not guilty on Aug. 6 to murder, assault and child cruelty charges. Pedro Araujo, 27, is charged in the July 31 slaying of Mariah Araujo. Police have not commented on the cause of her death, but the criminal complaint indicates that a knife was used. In addition to murder, the defendant is charged with assault on a child in regard to Mariah, and misdemeanor child cruelty involving her 6-year-old sister, Viviana. He faces 26 years to
life in prison if convicted of all charges. The children's grandmother made an emergency call shortly after 11 a.m. to report that she had just gone to the family's house in the 3500 block of Las Vegas Drive to pick up Mariah and her sister but had been unable to find the older girl, Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey said. The woman reported that her son -- the girls' father -- had been evasive about the whereabouts of his elder daughter and had blood on him, Bussey said. Officers went to the residence near Emerald Isle Golf Course and
searched it, finding the victim's body in a bathroom. Detectives questioned Araujo and took him into custody on suspicion of murdering his daughter, Bussey said. Araujo's arraignment was initially scheduled for last Friday, but was postponed twice because he was being held in ``enhanced observation housing,'' according to court staff. Members of the girl's family gathered at the Vista courthouse last Friday and told reporters that Araujo was unstable and should not have been anywhere near his daughters.
Karina Avina, Mariah's aunt, said Araujo did not have custody of the children as numerous Child Protective Services cases were open and ongoing against him, though the circumstances of those cases was unclear. “We want him to pay the max. That's what we want,'' Avina said. “We don't want a few years. We don't want him to get out. He needs to pay his whole life.'' Araujo is being held without bail. He's next due at the Vista courthouse on Aug. 14 for a readiness conference.
— City News Service
Man allegedly steals CHP cruiser during multi-county pursuit CARDIFF — A motorcyclist allegedly stole a California Highway Patrol cruiser on Aug. 5 near Temecula, then carjacked a motorist and later stole a third vehicle -- all the while leading law enforcement officers on a pursuit through Riverside, San Diego and Orange counties that finally ended in Mission Viejo. The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Adolfo Makana Moreno Jr. of Vista, was spotted by a CHP officer about 9:45 a.m. in De Luz, southwest of Temecula, according to the CHP.
The agency said that the patrolman pulled the man over for driving without a helmet, but when the motorcyclist stopped, he bailed off the bike and ran. The patrolman chased him but lost sight of him, and the suspect ran back to the patrol car, jumping inside and speeding away, according to the CHP. Authorities said the suspect made his way into Temecula with Riverside County law enforcement officers on his tail. Minutes later, he crashed the cruiser into a curb on Jefferson Avenue just north of Rancho California
Road, abandoned the vehicle and forcibly took a Lexus from a motorist in a parking lot, then headed south on Interstate 15. The man fled into San Diego County, where he was involved in a four-vehicle, non-injury collision on southbound Interstate 5 at Manchester Avenue in Cardiff, according to the CHP. The suspect then fled on foot from that location onto local streets and eventually found an unoccupied Toyota Prius with the keys inside. He stole the vehicle and continued to flee.
“The pursuit continued north on I-5 into Orange County,’’ according to a CHP statement. The chase ended shortly after 11 a.m. in the area of La Mancha and El Toboso in Mission Viejo, where Moreno was taken into custody without further incident, the CHP reported. Moreno was booked at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of carjacking, reckless evading, taking a vehicle without consent, battery and hit and run, according to the CHP.
Members of GFWC Contemporary Women of North County hold a quarterly “Sew-In” at the San Marcos Community Center. Members bring their scissors and sewing machines, and the latest project was creating 60 teddy bears that will be donated to the Vista Community Clinic. Courtesy photo
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