LA's Most Wanted: Searching For Jose Padilla

Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau are trying to locate José Enrique Padilla who is suspected of murdering his former girlfriend's new boyfriend.  The family of victim Tobias Gallegos believes that he wanted to maintain a platonic relationship with her even though their romance had ended.

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On Sunday night, September 19, 2004, Tobias road his horse from a stable near the banks of the San Gabriel River in El Monte to his former girlfriend's home.  She heard the horse approaching and tried to warn Tobias that José Padilla, her new boyfriend was visiting her.  Investigators believe Padilla realized what was happening and murdered Tobias.

Anyone with any information that might lead to the arrest of José Enrique Padilla is urged to call Detective Karen Shonka at (323) 890-5500.

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