HERCULES, CA - A suspect in the murder of an elderly man found bludgeoned to death in his bedroom in Hercules Saturday was shot and killed by police in Richmond Tuesday night following a pursuit, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine whether there's a connection between suspect Efren Valdemoro's possible crimes and the disappearance of Valdemoro's roommate and another Vallejo woman last week.
Valdemoro, 38, died after leading officers on a multi-county chase Tuesday, then refusing to drop his weapon when the pursuit finally ended at Central Avenue and Pierce Street near Interstate Highway 80 in Richmond, a CHP spokesman confirmed.
A second person, identified as Valdemoro's girlfriend, was also killed in the gunfire.
The hunt for Valdemoro began after he was labeled as the prime suspect in Saturday's murder of 73-year-old Ricardo Sales.
Sales was found dead in the master bedroom of his home in the 1100 block of Crepe Myrtle Drive in Hercules after a housemate reported him and his son, 35-year-old Frederick Sales, missing.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Sales, who lived in the home with his father and several other people, was still missing, and police spokeswoman Michelle Harrington said investigators are concerned about his safety.
Although police were not releasing information about how the victim and his son, who may also be a victim, knew Valdemoro, they did say that Valdemoro was reportedly involved in an altercation with Ricardo and Frederick Sales in their home on Aug. 22, the week before Ricardo Sales' murder.
Officers were called to the home after the first incident but didn't make any arrests, Harrington said.
Based on evidence at the scene, police believe Ricardo Sales was killed Friday night during a second violent altercation in the house.
Police were not releasing information about what they think led to the killing.
Ricardo Sales' death is the first homicide the city has had since Dec. 3, 2009, Harrington said.
Valdemoro was last seen leaving the murder scene in a pearl white Cadillac Escalade with license plate No. 5SOA770, Hercules police Chief Fred Deltorchio said.
Meanwhile, Vallejo police are looking into the disappearance of Valdemoro's roommate and another woman who haven't been seen since Aug. 25.
Lt. Ken Weaver said Marcaria, a.k.a. Carol Smart, 60, was going to visit her friend Segundina Allen, 67, at her Vallejo home that day. Smart was last seen by her husband when she left in her 1992 black Pontiac Grand AM. The Grand Am was later found in Vallejo, Weaver said.
"This is quite unusual for their wives to be gone for such a long time since Wednesday of last week. It's completely out of character for the wives. Their children were very concerned. One of (the women) was supposed to take their granddaughter to school this week and didn't show up for that," said Lt. Ken Weaver of Vallejo Police.
"If someone's holding her, she's not there because she wants to be. I'm angry, obviously. We're doing what we can," said husband Joe Smart.
Police think the women were in Allen's 2002 white Cadillac Escalade, the same vehicle later seen in Valdemoro's possession.
Weaver said the friends are known to visit Cache Creek, Napa Valley Casino, San Pablo Lytton Casino and Caifornia Grand Casino in Pacheco.
Smart is described as Filipino, 5 feet 4 inches tall, and 135 pounds. She has brown eyes and blond hair.
Allen is described as Filipino, 5 feet 4 inches tall, and weighing 115 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair.
The women are in good health, Weaver said, with no known medical problems.
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