Elk Grove Police Identify Oropesa Murder Suspect

Suspect previously on probation for assault with deadly weapon The Elk Grove Police have identified a suspect wanted in connection w...

Suspect previously on probation for assault with deadly weapon

The Elk Grove Police have identified a suspect wanted in connection with the Sunday night murder of 19-year-old Joseph Oropesa of Elk Grove.

On Sunday night officers responded to the Dimple's Record store on the 9600 block of Elk Grove Florin Road regarding a disturbance in the parking lot. The caller indicated that someone was down in the parking lot and that they had heard a gunshot and responding officers and paramedics arrived they discovered that Oropesa had been shot in the head.

During their investigation detectives questioned witnesses and followed up on several tips that led to identifying 25-year-old Ryan Alan Hays (DOB 09/06/1986) as the suspect. Detectives believe that Hays is still in possession of the vehicle that was taken from Oropesa that is a black 1992 Ford Explorer two-door bearing California License 3BHF649.

A records search of Sacramento County Courts show that Hays was arrested in late 2006 for aggravated assault [PC 243(D)] and entered a guilty plea for assault with a deadly weapon [PC 245(A)(1)]. Hays received four years probation.

The firearm that was used in the homicide has not been recovered and detectives believe that Hays is still in possession of the firearm and should be considered armed and dangerous. At this time, detectives are still working on establishing a motive.

Anyone with information the whereabouts of Ryan Alan Hays is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 (agency identification number) and the message.

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Anonymous said...

Ryan is a happy go lucky person for every one that knows him would agree. This seems to be untrue. The victim must have threatened his life, ryan is a good person he is not a stone cold killer.

Anonymous said...

If ryan did this he needs to turn himself in. He is three times the size of the victim i cant see him feeling threatened. Let the oropesa family have some justice and turn yourself in

Anonymous said...

A happy go lucky person ???!!!! Geeezzuuusss sure seems that way. All the happy go lucky people i know shoot lil kids and steals thier car. Give me a break. If he's so innocent he would have waited for the cops and tried this retarded i was threatned story on them on the way to prison. Fry this punk

Anonymous said...

This kid "19yr old" is a known drug addict.... In fact was using just before this happenend But he doesnt deserve his life being taken.

Anonymous said...

WOW sounds like we have some really different views here... maybe for the sake of both parties involved you should save judgment! OR ELSE

Anonymous said...

Wow is right. i forgot "good people" abuse prescription pills and carry around loaded weapons in public. If he is innocent then why is he running away? Taking the victims car isn't going to help his case.

Anonymous said...

Completely unexpected.. known ryan for a few years and was always very chill. For him to respond his life must have been in danger. Just doesnt seem like him. Reminder...if he took the victims care then I highly doubt what was in it was Ryans. Sad for everyone involved.

Anonymous said...

For all we know the victim had a knife or gun. looks like both of them are not good people 4 abusing prescription pills

Anonymous said...

.....for all we know he was unarmed

Anonymous said...

HAHHA Ryan a good person??? He' a drug addict and has been since high school!!!! HAHAH people are hilarious...Maybe both involved in drugs but HEFF should have never shot him! Then he runs like a pansy ass and chages appearnce??? LOL maybe lose some weight shaving doesnt do a thing and EVERYONE is EG knows HEFF as a drug dealer!!!

Anonymous said...

We will be putting a fund riser together to help with lawyers for ryan we would like any support we can get

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