The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted in connection with the murder of his live-in girlfriend, who was the mother of his three children.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, at approximately 10:35pm, LBPD officers responded to a mobile-home park in the 6400 block of Atlantic Avenue, regarding a shooting. Once on scene, they discovered the body of 22-year-old Eleonora Rivera Hidalgo inside a vehicle parked at a residence within the park. Hidalgo, who had sustained a gunshot wound to her upper torso, was being treated by witnesses. She was transported to a local hospital by paramedics and pronounced deceased shortly after arriving.
The preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the shooting, the victim and suspect were arguing inside the vehicle that was parked outside their home. Witnesses say that, when they heard gunshots, they went outside to check on the couple and found the injured victim in the vehicle. As the suspect fled, he attempted to steal an unoccupied vehicle and was last seen jumping over a fence in the complex before disappearing from the area and remains outstanding.
The victim and suspect lived together at the location and shared three children, ages 7, 6, and 2, who are now in the care of family. The suspect is identified as 24-year-old Marcos Gustavo Zermeno, a male Hispanic, 5’6” tall and 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Zermeno is a documented gang member and has the following tattoos: one on the lower-right area of his neck that reads “Eleonora;” a collage of skulls on his right shoulder; and the word “Compton” on his right forearm. Detectives believe there is a possibility he may try to flee to Mexico.
The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous and at no time should anyone attempt to approach or detain him. Anyone who may have information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Long Beach Police Communications Center at (562) 435-6711. For an immediate police response call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com . Anyone with information relating to the investigation should contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244.