The hunt for a murderer continues

Written by The Bee

September 19, 2019

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are continuing to search for a man identified as the suspect in a 2005 homicide. On January 22, 2005 at approximately 5 PM, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a weapons offense in the 1500 block of Terral Ln. in Fort Mohave. The reporting party advised she heard a gunshot and then observed a male subject running away from the area. Deputies responded to the area and were unable to locate the male subject. A short time later, deputies received a call from a local hospital that there was a male subject brought in with a gunshot wound, claiming he was shot by a male subject identified as “Blackie”. The victim, identified as Joseph Alan Gravett, 31 of Bullhead City, eventually succumbed to his injuries and detectives responded to the residence to investigate the homicide. After interviews were conducted, the male suspect known as “Blackie” was identified as Gerardo Mendoza, 37 of Oceanside, CA. Mendoza is alleged to have shot Gravett at the residence and fled the scene on foot.

Since the incident in 2005, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Detectives, with assistance from the United States Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have been attempting to locate Mendoza, who is thought to be living in San Diego, CA or Mexico, but may still have contacts in Mohave County. Gerardo Mendoza is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’ 6”, 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. If anyone has any information into the whereabouts of Gerardo Mendoza, please contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 928-753-0753 or call our toll free number at 1-800-522-4312 and reference DR#05-002657.

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