On 12-22-20 at approximately 7:01 p.m., the Escondido Communications Center received a 911 call from a female resident of an apartment at 660 N. Quince St stating that her roommate was deceased. Officers arrived at the apartment and discovered an adult male subject inside of the apartment. He was unresponsive with obvious signs of trauma. He was pronounced deceased at the apartment. His identity is currently being withheld pending family notifications.
The woman who had called 911 was present at the apartment. Officers determined that she lived at the apartment with the deceased man. They have been involved in a dating relationship and she had been recently arrested for domestic abuse charges. She was out on bond after being booked into jail on that previous case.
The woman was identified as Shelley Reaves (52) of Escondido. She was arrested for murder and booked into the Vista Detention Facility. The events surrounding the homicide and any potential motives are currently under investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Escondido Police Department.
Update 12/28/20 The victim’s identity was confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Rafael Octavio Choza (63) of Escondido. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds and his death was determined to be a homicide. Investigators confirmed that Reaves and Choza were involved in a dating relationship and this is currently being investigated as a domestic related homicide. Reaves does have a known history of drug use, however, whether she was under the influence of drugs at the time of the homicide is still under investigation.