The search for three suspects in the death of Paso Robles shooting victim Victor Hugo Sanchez led to a school lockdown in Stanislaus County on Thursday afternoon when a suspects relative fled from police.
Paso Robles police have been searching for three Modesto-area teenagers Edgar Ontiveros, 18, Louis Henry Madrigal, 19, and Alejandro Anguiano, 19 who are accused of killing Sanchez, 37, in his driveway in February.
Paso Robles detectives were following up on leads in the city of Waterford, about 13 miles east of Modesto, when they went to the residence of one of the three suspects. A man inside escaped out the back of the home, Paso Robles police Lt. Tim Murphy said.
Detectives did not know whether the man was one of the suspects, who are considered armed and dangerous, so nearby Waterford Middle School was temporarily locked down, and the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department joined the effort to locate him.
When the man was discovered in a back shed at the residence, detectives found that he was a relative of one of the suspects. The man mistakenly thought police had a warrant for his arrest when he chose to run but there was no such warrant, and he was not taken into custody, Murphy said.
Deputies and supervisors responded to the scene and took the appropriate precautionary steps to ensure the safety of the public and secure the scene. Ultimately, no other suspects were located, Murphy said.
A fourth suspect, Maria del Carmen Granados Fajardo, 50, of Paso Robles, has pleaded not guilty to Sanchezs killing and other charges in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
According to the District Attorneys Office, Fajardo was a scorned lover who hired several people to assault Sanchez on two separate occasions. After an initial assault left Sanchez with several cuts, a broken nose and a broken arm last fall, he was fatally shot outside his apartment about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
Fajardo, who had a bitter breakup with Sanchez in 2012, allegedly paid $12,000 for both assaults.
Fajardos next pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22.
The three Modesto teens remain at large, and authorities believe a fifth suspect, David Rodriguez Hernandez, fled to Mexico.
Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP or by texting slotips and a message to CRIMES (274-637).
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The Modesto Bee contributed to this report.