Oklahoma City authorities search for suspect in double homicide

An arrest warrant was filed Thursday against Juan Manuel Ordaz-Melgoza, 28. He is accused of shooting Jose Garcia, 48, and Latosha Hawks, 27, on Nov. 30. Garcia and Hawk's unborn child died as a result of the shooting, police said.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Published: January 31, 2013
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Oklahoma City police are looking for a man charged with murder in a shooting Nov. 30.

An arrest warrant was filed Thursday for Juan Manuel Ordaz-Melgoza, 28. He has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Ordaz-Melgoza is accused of shooting Jose Garcia, 48, and Latosha Hawks, 27, who was pregnant. Hawks' unborn child and Garcia died as a result of the shooting, police said.

According to the arrest warrant, Garcia, Hawks and a friend were sitting in a vacant lot near 12 SW 41. A black vehicle pulled into the lot and a Hispanic man got out of the driver's seat and fired multiple rounds.

The friend ran in front of his pickup to take cover, according to court documents. He told police he saw the man who shot Garcia and Hawks and could identify him. He picked Ordaz-Melgoza out of a photo lineup.

Hawks suffered a miscarriage after the shooting. Officers showed her a photo of Ordaz-Melgoza and she said, “That's the guy that shot me; that's the guy who killed my friend,” according to the arrest warrant.

Ordaz-Melgoza's last known address was in Edmond.

Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call 911. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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