WANTED ARMED AND DANGEROUS
Name: Edgar Arteaga Coria
Age: 44 years old
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 160-170 pounds
Physical Description: Brown eyes, Black hair
MCSO Case Number: 2023-20857
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has issued an urgent advisory to the public regarding Edgar Arteaga Coria, a 44-year-old male from Gualala, CA. Coria is currently wanted in connection with the MCSO Case# 2023-20857 and is considered armed and dangerous.
The initial incident that led to Coria’s wanted status began on September 24, 2023, at 2:08 AM when the MCSO received a phone call from a concerned family member. They reported that their relative had been physically assaulted at a bar in Point Arena, CA, hours before the call was made to the Sheriff’s Office.
Upon responding to the call, deputies conducted a search in Point Arena and located the victim, Jesus Joel Romero, a 32-year-old male from Point Arena, CA, on Ten Mile Cut Off Road. Romero was found deceased, a significant distance away from the bar where the alleged assault took place. Preliminary observations suggest that Romero succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.
Coria is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing between 160 to 170 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Authorities have also released specific identifying features, including a tattoo on the left side of his neck and the name “Arteaga” tattooed on the back of his neck.
The MCSO has urged residents and the general public to remain vigilant and exercise caution. If anyone encounters Coria or has information about his whereabouts, they are advised not to approach him due to the potential threat he poses. Instead, individuals should immediately contact their local law enforcement agency or the MCSO Dispatch Center.
The circumstances leading to Coria’s wanted status are part of an ongoing investigation. Community members and businesses are encouraged to share the advisory on social media platforms and community bulletin boards to aid in the search.
Anyone with information that may assist the MCSO in this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086. For those wishing to remain anonymous, tips can also be provided through the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline at 800-782-7463.
|MEDIA ADVISORY/NEWS RELEASE|
|DATE: “September 26, 2023”|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date of Incident:
Antonio Coria Garcia (23-year-old male from Gualala, CA)
Edgar Arteaga Coria (44-year-old male from Gualala, CA)
On 09-26-23 Sheriff’s Detectives identified the second suspect in this homicide investigation as being Edgar Arteaga Coria who is a 44-year-old male from Gualala, California.
Coria is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160-170 pounds, having brown eyes and black hair.
Coria has a tattoo on the left side of his neck and the name “Arteaga” tattooed on the back of his neck. Images of the tattoos and a recent photograph of Coria are attached to this press release.
Coria should be considered as being armed and dangerous and Sheriff’s Detectives have determined that he has fled Mendocino County.
Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing investigations into Coria’s current whereabouts.
Coria should be considered armed and dangerous.
Any sighting of Coria should be reported to the local law enforcement having jurisdiction in association with the location of the sighting.
Anyone with information that may assist Sheriff’s Detectives with this investigation are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086, the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100 or the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline at 800-782-7463.
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE (09-25-23 @ 9:48AM):
This updated press release is being disseminated for clarification purposes. The narrative portion of Updated Press Release #1 issued on 09-25-23 @ 9:00AM inaccurately described Jesus Joel Romero as residing in Gualala, California. His correct city of residency is Point Arena, California according to the Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Division.
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE (09-25-23 @ 9:00AM):
During the midst of active investigations, Sheriff’s Detectives developed the identities of two adult males as persons of interest in this homicide investigation.
During the evening hours of 09-24-23, Sheriff’s Detectives were contacted by Antonio Coria Garcia who was one of the persons of interest. This contact was at the request of Coria Garcia.
During the contact, Sheriff’s Detectives established probable cause to believe Coria Garcia was involved in the killing of the adult male victim. As a result, Coria Garcia was booked into the Mendocino County Jail (Inmate Detail – CORIAGARCIA, ANTONIO).
Sheriff’s Detectives are currently seeking to locate the second identified person of interest and that person’s identity is being withheld at this time.
Sheriff’s Detectives have identified the adult male victim as being Jesus Joel Romero, a 32-year-old from Gualala, California.
A forensic autopsy is scheduled for later this week, but preliminary body observations suggest Romero died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE (09-24-23):
On 09-24-2023 at 2:08 AM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a reported physical assault in Point Arena, California.
The Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from a family member reporting that they had learned that their family member (adult male) had been physically assaulted while at a bar in the City of Point Arena. This physical assault had apparently occurred hour(s) prior to the call to the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrived in Point Arena and began searching for the adult male, subsequently locating him on Ten Mile Cut Off Road, a significant distance away from the bar.
The adult male was obviously deceased and the condition of his body led Deputies to believed that he was the victim of a homicide.
Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene and are in the mists of an active investigation. They are being assisted by investigators with the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office and criminalist with the California Department of Justice.
No further information is available for public release at this time due to the active investigation.
There is currently a significant law enforcement presence in Point Arena in connection with this investigation.
Due to active crime scene investigation/processing the following areas will be inaccessible due to road closure(s) in Point Arena:
Ten Mile Cut Off Road from Schooner Gulch Road to Iversen Road.
These road closure(s) are expected to remain in place for the remainder of the day (09-24-23).
Anyone with information that may assist investigators are urged to call the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086.