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December 5, 2023

Watsonville Police search for suspect in Monday night homicide

UPDATE, AUG. 9: Watsonville murder suspect arrested after standoff


Watsonville Police are looking for a suspect after a man was shot to death Monday night on the 100 block of West Beach Street.   

Hector Rocha
Hector Rocha

At about 8:45pm, officers responded to the area for reports of a shooting and found a 42-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. He died at the scene despite lifesaving efforts. 

Detectives have identified the suspect as 44-year-old Hector Rocha. He is described as being 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, khaki shorts and white shoes. 

He was seen leaving the scene in a distinct mint green 1967 Chevrolet single-cab truck with rust throughout the body and a white roof. The truck may have the following two California license plate numbers: 4JC939 / 87823K3.  

Rocha is armed with a rifle and is dangerous, police say.   

Anyone who sees Rocha should call 911 and should not approach him. Anyone with information is asked to call 471.1151.

Watsonville Police released this image of a 1967 Chevrolet truck the suspect was believed to have fled in.
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