With two people dead and a third individual being held on charges of alleged murder, questions are surfacing into the early Sunday morning shooting of a woman and a male acquaintance at an upscale apartment in Sabre Springs.
Melchor Fonseca Marabante, 41, who will reportedly be arraigned later this week, is suspected of shooting his 23-year-old wife, Valerie Ann (Sidlin) Marabante, and an acquaintance, Bernabe Villamar, around 3 a.m. Sunday in an apartment at 10946 Evening Creek Drive.
Valerie (Sidlin) Marabante, who was a daughter of Richard and Leann Sidlin, was reportedly living in the apartment at the time of the shooting, while her estranged husband had reportedly moved out just prior to Valentine’s Day. Valerie (Sidlin) Marabante, who at one time lived in Temecula, had reportedly moved to the area for work.
The bodies of (Sidlin) Marabante and Villamar were discovered about 8:15 a.m. Sunday when a law enforcement officer was sent to the residence to conduct a welfare check. Police had reportedly been called to the area earlier in the morning following noises thought to be gunshots, but could not locate the source.
The apartments at Evening Creek are gated, with gates typically closing in the early evening hours. The only way for someone to enter the complex at that point is either by using a remote control device that residents have or following another vehicle in when the gates are remotely opened. Police have not indicated how Melchor Marabante entered the complex in the early morning hours.
Several neighbors in the Evening Creek apartment complex reported hearing gunshots early Sunday morning. Police would not specify where the victims were shot, but did indicate both suffered traumatic injuries. Autopsies had not yet been conducted as of Monday morning.
Melchor Marabante was taken into custody at a hospital in Murrieta and returned to San Diego, although authorities would not comment on why he was in Murrieta in the first place. Hospital staff reportedly contacted authorities once Marabante was there.
Homicide detectives executed search warrants at the apartment in Sabre Springs and a residence in Murrieta, presumably that of the suspect.
According to records, Melchor Marabante did at one time have a home in Murrieta with a Teresa Marabante. The two purchased the residence in 2003, however it was sold at foreclosure in 2008.
Mlechor Marabante is reported to have two children, although neither were with the female victim in Sunday’s shooting.