The Coast News Group

Oceanside homicide suspect arrested on day of murder

OCEANSIDE — Within 12 hours of a finding a 37-year-old white male dead, Oceanside Police arrested a suspect for the murder.

Police first responded to a 9-1-1 call on Windward Way in the early morning hours of March 9. The victim, Jacob Laughlin Bravo, was found with obvious signs of traumatic injury. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Later that day, Oceanside Police received information that led to the identification of a 30-year-old, white male suspect.

Within an hour of receiving the tip officers located the suspect, Mikhail Schmidt, on The Strand, about five blocks from where the victim was found. Schmidt was taken into custody and arrested.

Schmidt is an Oceanside resident, and believed to be the sole suspect in the homicide.

An autopsy by the County Medical Examiner’s Office is underway to determine the exact cause of fatal injuries sustained by Bravo, who was not an Oceanside resident.

The incident is not gang related.  A motive for the crime is being investigated.