Have you seen him? Merced police looking for last of three suspects in December killing

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Andrew Kuhn/akuhn@mercedsun-star.com

Authorities are looking for the last of three suspects in connection with the stabbing death of a man in Merced in December.

Alexander Xavier Morales, 18, is wanted for murder in connection with the death of 21-year-old Jordan Terrell Love, according to a Merced Police Department news release.

Police said officers responded just after midnight on Dec. 21 to a report of an assault in the 1100 block of B Street and found Love suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was taken to a regional trauma center where he died of his injuries.

According to police, Jose Joya-Flores Jr., 26, Julius Joya-Flores, 22, and Morales were identified as suspects. Both Jose Joya-Flores Jr. and Julius Joya-Flores were arrested by detectives on multiple felony charges including first-degree murder and the two men remain in custody.

Morales was never located by authorities and his current whereabouts are unknown, according to the release. Morales is said to be 5 feet 9 inches tall and weigh about 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Merced police ask anyone with information regarding the alleged crime to contact Detective Christian Lupian at 209-388-7844 or by email at lupianca@cityofmerced.org. Some crimes can be reported online through the Merced Police Department website and anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 209-385-4725.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through the Merced Area Crime Stoppers website.