Suspect Arrested in Menifee Murder Case

Last night, members of the Riverside Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit arrested Walter Morales Cortez, a 22-year-old Meadowbrook resident,...

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Last night, members of the Riverside Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit arrested Walter Morales Cortez, a 22-year-old Meadowbrook resident, for the murder of a 16-year-old juvenile male and the attempted murder of a second juvenile male. Walter Morales Cortez was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

On Saturday, June 11, about 12:54am, officers from the Menifee Police Department responded to the report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the area of the 27900 block of Jefferson Avenue, in the City of Menifee. When they arrived, they found 16-year-old Adrian Acosta in the roadway that was suffering from gunshot wounds. Emergency medical personnel quickly arrived, but the juvenile succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. A second Hispanic male juvenile was located with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, and was transported to a local area hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Detectives from the Menifee Police Department and investigators from the Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Gary Bowen of the Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777, or Detective Tom Salisbury of the Menifee Police Department at (951) 210-1000. Information may also be submitted anonymously to the Sheriff's Homicide Tip Line.

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  1. I can remember the time where in Menifee, you could leave your car windows down at night, leave your windows open and your front doors unlocked. You could say good morning and goodnight to your neighbors. There were baby showers and weddings at the park with no worry whatsoever of ANY criminal activity. Now we have MURDERS in Menifee? I'm MOVING ASAP.

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  2. And where do you plan on moving to? Heaven?
    No city is crime free. While this is disturbing, I won't pack just yet.

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