Jose Peralta Found Dead in Tustin But is That Where He Met His End?

UPDATE, MAY 22, 8:59 A.M.: Because homicide detectives concluded Jose Peralta was shot in Santa Ana and had his body dumped in Tustin, the Santa Ana Police Department has taken over the murder investigation, the agencies in both cities announced this morning. Santa Ana investigators believe the 24-year-old was the victim of a gang-related shooting near the 200 block of South Cedar Street, Santa Ana. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call SAPD homicide detectives at 714,245.8390. Anonymous tips can be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS. This case is eligible for the City of Santa Ana’s Gang Homicide Reward Program, according to an advisory.

ORIGINAL POST, MAY 22, 5:19 A.M.: Tustin Police are not sure if the body of a man found shot to death on a residential front lawn Sunday morning met his end there or was moved to the location from somewhere else.

Jose Peralta, 24 and with a last known address in Orange, was found in front of a home in the 600 block of West Main Street, but he had no connection with anyone at that address, according to Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright.

“The Tustin Police Department did not receive any calls for service in this area last night,” Wright said Sunday. “It is unknown if the victim’s injury occurred at the location where his body was discovered.”

The call about a body on the lawn came in around 6:05 a.m. Sunday, he added.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Tustin Police Department asks anyone with information to call  714.573.3249. Call SAPD homicide detectives at 714,245.8390 (see detail in update).

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