Suspect arrested in fatal shootout of San Diego man in rental car on Irvine Freeway

A man was arrested last week on suspicion of shooting a San Diego resident in a vehicle on Interstate 5 southbound in Irvine, authorities said Monday.

Vincent Deguzman Jr., 39, was held without bail in Orange County in connection with the death of Jessie Garcia Sr., 47, on June 7.

Deguzman was arrested Thursday at a San Diego Hilton Garden Inn hotel after being tracked down by the San Diego Fugitive Task Force. He was hidden in a hotel room but later surrendered peacefully, California Highway Patrol officials said.

CHP investigators followed the lead to identify Deguzman as a suspect and obtain an arrest warrant, officials said.

Investigators claim Deguzman got behind the wheel of a rental car when he shot Garcia and parked the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway before escaping to San Diego.

Officials disclosed no motive for the shooting or Deguzman and Garcia’s relationship.

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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