UPDATE: Seventh person arrested in Wildomar man’s torture & murder

LAKE ELSINORE — Authorities investigating the torture and murder of 31-yer-old, Frery “Freddie” Coronel – whose lifeless body was discovered in a ravine in the Cleveland National Forest in the Lake Elsinore area last month – have announced the arrest of a seventh person they say was responsible for the Wildomar man’s death. Over the last month officials had already announced the arrest of six other alleged suspects in connection with Coronel’s violent death.

Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators and other officials began investigating Coronel’s murder Saturday evening, Aug. 17, after a hiker discovered the man’s body in an open, heavily wooded area west of S. Main Divide, about three and a half miles south of Ortega Highway.

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During the course of their lengthy and exhaustive investigation, CHU investigators and other sheriff’s officials developed leads and gathered information that ultimately led them to identifying and arresting Christina Meza, 30, Christian Meza, 28, Alejandro Villegas, 25, Melissa Elyse Unger, 23, and Roberto Roman Camacho, 43, as suspects in Coronel’s murder. All five suspects live in the Lake Elsinore area, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez had previously reported.

Tyrone Jones, 37, of Yorba Linda, was also found to have been involved in Coronel’s murder and was arrested. Like the other alleged suspects, he was booked into Murrieta’s Cois Byrd Detention Center on suspicion of murder with gang, kidnapping and torture enhancements, Ramirez reported last month.

As their investigation continued, CHU officials announced Thursday that they had identified, located, and arrested a seventh person they say was responsible for the Wildomar man’s murder. Ramirez identified the man as Victor Lindzy, 48, of Lake Elsinore.

According to Ramirez, on Sept. 25, members of the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, working with CHU investigators, conducted surveillance on Lindzy’s residence, on the 16500 block of Joy St.

At about 3:10 p.m., MCU officials spotted Lindzy at his residence and arrested him without incident.

“Central Homicide Unit investigators interviewed Lindzy and served a search warrant at Lindzy’s residence,” Ramirez explained. Additional evidence was recovered during the service of the search warrant, according to the Sgt.

Based on their investigation and evidence recovered at Lindzy’s home, authorities arrested Lindzy and he was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center on suspicion of murder, torture and gang enhancements, according to Ramirez.

Authorities announced the arrest of a seventh person, who has been charged with the torture and murder of 31-year-old, Wildomar resident, Frery “Freddie” Coronel. RSO booking photo

Jail records indicate all seven suspects remain in custody at various correctional facilities throughout Riverside County and are being held without bail.

Officials have not released any known motive for Coronel’s murder.

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The sheriff’s investigation remains open, according to Ramirez, who said no further details will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to immediately contact Central Homicide Investigator Manjarrez at (951) 955-2777, or Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station Investigator Gilbert at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number F192290050 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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