Tracy Police Department confirmed this week that a woman found dead in an apartment on the 100 block of West Carlton Way on Saturday night was the victim of homicide.
Police have named Antonio Flores-Cuellar, 41, as the suspect. The San Joaquin County coroner’s office identified the victim as Andrea Cervantes-Alejandre, 18, of Tracy. Police say they knew each other.
Sgt. Tim Bauer said Wednesday that investigators had a warrant for Flores-Cuellar’s arrest and had reached out to people who know him to try to find out where he might be. Bauer noted that Tracy police had no prior contact with either the suspect or the victim.
Bauer confirmed Monday that the manager of the apartment complex called police at 10:48 p.m. Saturday to report the death and that other tenants in the apartment complex said “she has been dead for days.”
The apartment manager, who did not give her name, said Tuesday that the second-floor apartment at 158 W. Carlton Way had been rented out for the past two years to a woman, and she and neighbors assumed that the man who lived with her, whom the manager knew as “Tony,” was the tenant’s husband. The manager noted that some roommates also stayed there but were often away for jobs.
She said the tenant and her children were believed to have been in Mexico recently. The manager also heard that the man had been seeing another woman, but the manager never saw or met her.
Bauer said that the woman whose name was on the lease had moved out four to six months ago and was not married to Flores-Cuellar. He said Cervantes-Alejandre had moved in recently.
The apartment manager said that the roommates returned Saturday night to find her body in the apartment. The Tracy police dispatch log notes that the roommates did not know the identity of the woman they found in the apartment.
The manager said the roommates went directly to her when they found the victim and she called 911 right away but did not look in the apartment or see the victim. Bauer noted that police were in contact with Cervantes-Alejandre’s family but were not releasing details of the manner or time of her death at this time.
The manager noted that none of the other tenants had reported any commotion or arguments coming from the apartment in the days or hours leading up to the discovery of the crime. Bauer confirmed that there had been no reports to the police regarding any type of disturbance at the apartment.
Police are asking anyone with information about what happened or Flores-Cuellar’s whereabouts to call Detective Wes Bancroft at 209-831-6533. People can also leave an anonymous tip at 209-831-4847 or send a text — including TIPTPD with the message — to 274637 (CRIMES).
The apartment complex at 158 W. Carlton Way was also the scene of a homicide Sept. 5, 2015. Virgil Conway, 38, was shot and killed outside of his apartment that morning. Jamal Faulkner, now 27, is serving a 17-year sentence for that crime in Folsom State Prison after he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter with a gun enhancement, and discharge of a firearm from a motor vehicle.
The most recent homicide in Tracy was June 14, 2018, when 15-year-old Emilio Gerardo Enriquez Almanza was shot and killed on the railroad tracks along Sixth Street just west of Tracy Boulevard. Four people were arrested for that crime, including three teenagers. An adult suspect, Diaundre Lee Campbell, 24, remains in San Joaquin County Jail with no bail and is facing a charge of murder. A preliminary hearing for that case is scheduled for July 8 in Stockton.