Second suspect arrested in deadly Midway robbery that began as Snapchat-arranged sale

Patrol police car

Armando Alvarado, 19, is arrested in the shooting death of Eduardo Salguero.


San Diego police have arrested a second suspect in the shooting of an 18-year-old man killed during a Snapchat-arranged sale that turned into a robbery in the Midway District.

Armando Alvarado, 19, of San Diego, was arrested Dec. 12 at a family member’s home in the Paradise Hills neighborhood, police Lt. Andra Brown said this week. He remained jailed Dec. 17 on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and robbery, according to online jail records.

His arrest came a week and a half after Angel Garcia, 18, was arrested on suspicion of murder, robbery and other charges in connection with the shooting death of Eduardo Salguero. Garcia also is accused of attempted murder of Salguero’s companion.

Several 911 callers reported the shooting and a car crash at about 6:15 p.m. Nov. 25. Police found Salguero unresponsive in an Acura that had smashed into a retaining wall behind businesses on Midway Drive near Kemper Street.

Salguero, who had been shot several times, was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Investigators learned he had arranged to buy an item — police wouldn’t say what — over Snapchat. When he and a friend arrived, two men got in his car. One of them pulled a gun and the transaction turned into a robbery, police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

Multiple shots were fired in the car. Salguero’s acquaintance ran out of the car and was shot at while fleeing, but the bullet missed, authorities said. The robbers took off after the car crashed.

— City News Service contributed to this report.


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