Officials from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and the U.S. Marshall’s Service are seeking a California man in the alleged murder of a Fort Mohave man in 2005.
Gerardo Mendoza, who would now be 37, is believed by authorities to be living in San Diego or in Mexico. According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Mendoza is believed to still have contacts in Mohave County.
On Jan. 22, 2005, witnesses heard gunshots in a Fort Mohave neighborhood, and allegedly saw a man matching Mendoza fleeing the scene. Although deputies at the time were unable to locate a suspect, they received a call from a local hospital from a man who said he’d been shot by a man known as “Blackie.”
According to Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Communications Officer Anita Mortensen, Mendoza was an active gang member at the time of the alleged shooting, and was known as “Blackie” to his associates.
The victim died as result of his injuries, and deputies opened a homicide investigation in 2005. According to the sheriff’s office, multiple interviews led deputies to believe Mendoza was the guilty party.
Mendoza is described as a Hispanic male of five feet, six inches tall, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Residents who have information as to Mendoza’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753, or call toll-free at 1-800-522-4312, with reference to report number DR-05-002657.