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Anthony Romero Arrested for Alleged Murder of Paul Chung in Spree of Robberies in Monterey County

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A Salinas man shot and killed by a suspect during a spree of armed robberies on Halloween in parts of Monterey County was 59-year-old Paul Chung, a sheriff’s office spokesman said today. Chung died in a shooting reported at 7:07 a.m. on Oct. 31 at Creekside Terrace and Old Reservation Road in an unincorporated area a few miles southwest of Salinas, Monterey County sheriff’s Cmdr. John Thornburg said.

The victim was killed during one of three reported robberies, which also included a second shooting that wounded a man, Thornburg said. At 7:35 a.m., less than 30 minutes after Chung was shot dead, deputies responded to the second shooting and robbery on Del Monte Road in the unincorporated area of Castroville, where a wounded man was transported to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, according to Thornburg.

A short time later in the same area, the same suspect robbed a high school student, who was not injured, deputies said. The Salinas Police Department was able to obtain the license number of the car believed to be driven by the suspect. Officers located the wanted man at his Salinas home and took him into custody with sheriff’s deputies, Thornburg said. The suspect, 19-year-old Anthony Romero, was arrested on suspicion of homicide, attempted homicide, three counts of robbery with a firearm enhancement and violating his probation on a conviction for misdemeanor vandalism, according to Thornburg.

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