Kansas authorities are still searching for a man accused of killing his estranged wife and fleeing the state.
According to KSN, Crime Stoppers of Sedgwick County is searching for 25-year-old Juan Carlos Caballeros-Yescas, the estranged husband of Lucy Mojica, 41. On July 7, 2018, authorities found Lucy deceased inside a Wichita home off of W. 17th Street North. An autopsy indicated she died from multiple gunshot wounds. Her death has been listed as a homicide.
Wichita police said Yescas fled the state shortly after the shooting, in a black 2010 Volkswagen Beetle with Minnesota license plate number, 119TDG. He reportedly returned to Wichita a few hours, robbed an acquaintance, then fled again.
A warrant has been issued for 25 yr old, Juan Carlos Caballeros-Yescas, for first-degree murder, regarding yesterdays homicide. Caballeros may be driving a 2010 Volkswagen Beetle, Minnesota tag number 119TDG. If you have information call 911 immediately, he is armed and dangerous pic.twitter.com/mZpKcvIU5j
— Wichita Police (@WichitaPolice) July 8, 2018
“And then at some point, at about 2 or 3 a.m., in the early-morning hours of Sunday, the 8th, he did return…back to Wichita and went to a address in the 1900 block of West 35th Street South and committed a robbery, where he contacted a individual that he knew and demanded money at gunpoint,” Lt. Jason Stephens said, according to KAKE.
Wichita police Officer Paul Cruz added that the victim was shot “multiple times throughout her body.”
“This is not a random incident,” Cruz said last year. “There’s no danger to the public. We’re going to continue to investigate this case.”
Meanwhile, Lucy’s close friend, who wants to remain unnamed, told CrimeOnline that she’s received several “taunting” messages from someone that she thinks is either the suspect himself or the suspect’s brother, who she claimed attempted to get money from her to give up the suspect’s location.
The friend said in another message sent to her, someone who seemed to imply they were the suspect claimed other people were involved in the victim’s death.
“I woke up this morning to a voicemail from Carlos via FB messenger,” the friend told CrimeOnline. “It is obviously a fake profile but I am sure it is him; he does not say it is him but he insinuates who he is. He was telling me to call him back several times, stating that he was going to turn himself in but he has to wait 24 hours and then starts to implicate others in Lucy’s murder.”
Caballeros may have possibly fled to Texas or Mexico. Police said he should considered armed and dangerous.
CrimeOnline spoke with Detective Michelle Palmer of the Wichita police, who said that although she cannot provide information about the investigation into the messages sent to Lucy’s friend on social media, authorities are aware of them and the case is still active and ongoing.
Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 or contact Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to the suspect’s arrest.
[Feature Photo: Juan Carlos Caballeros-Yescas; Lucy Mojica/Handout]