John Hautz, an 88-year-old white man, died Monday, Jan. 1, after sustaining traumatic injuries in the 2300 block of 34th Street in Santa Monica, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A neighbor called Santa Monica Police about 1 p.m. and said Hautz appeared to be unconscious in his home. Officers found Hautz with multiple injuries as well as a rope around his body, according to a police department news release.
Hautz was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Inside the house, police discovered an opened bedroom window with the screen removed.
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Brayan Jose Rodriguez, a 20-year-old Latino, died from suspicious causes on Sunday, Sept. 24, in the 23600 block of Via Valer in Santa Clarita, according to Los Angeles County authorities.
Deputies were called to the house where Rodriguez died about 3:57 p.m. with a report of a "person not breathing," said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore.
Paramedics were unable to revive Rodriguez, Moore said.
Rodriguez, who was from Valencia, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:20 p.m., according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. The cause of death is still pending.
Investigators aren’t commenting about the specifics of Rodriguez’s death, except to say it appeared he was strangled.
“Based on statements and other evidence, we believe that the crime of murder occurred,” Moore said.
Deputies arrested Rodriguez’s friend, Christian Alexander Ortiz, a 21-year-old ...
Vincent Coleman Roper, a 64-year-old black man, died Friday, Aug. 25, after he was stabbed in the 37600 block of Patty Court in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to Roper’s home at 8 a.m. after someone reported that his front door was open, Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
There were signs of a struggle and blood inside the house, Mendoza said, and Roper was found lying on the floor.
Roper was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:50 a.m., according to coroner’s records. He had been stabbed in the head, records showed.
Investigators don’t have any information about suspects or a motive for the slaying. There was no evidence of a forced entry. Roper lived alone and it’s unclear whether anything was taken, authorities said.
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Baby Acosta, a 15-week-old fetus, died Sunday, Aug. 6, after its mother was shot in the 1200 block of West Victoria Avenue in Montebello, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Montebello police found the mother, Roxann Felicia Acosta, a 28-year-old Latina, suffering from a gunshot wound at a residence about 10 p.m., according to Sgt. Marc Marty. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:22 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Detectives thought Acosta was killed by her husband, Christopher Michael Diaz, 26. The two were estranged, Marty said, but had spent the day together before ending up at Diaz’s mother’s house in Montebello.
Acosta and Diaz had an argument, and witnesses heard gunshots, Marty said. Diaz’s mother was in the house but in another room; other people also were in the home.
Diaz fled, and no weapons were found at the ...
Mario Rupert Melbourne Jr., a 30-year-old black man, died Monday, July 24, after he was struck by a car at the intersection of East Cypress Street and South Crane Avenue in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Melbourne had been standing outside with a big group of people about 10:55 p.m., when a man pulled up in a grey BMW sedan, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The man, identified as Frankie Mazen III, a 44-year-old black man, got out and began arguing with Melbourne, Mendoza said.
Melbourne's father told KTLA 5 news that Mazen was an acquaintance of Melbourne's who had been accused of stealing money from him in the past. Because of that, the father said, Melbourne asked him to leave.
The argument escalated to a fistfight, Mendoza said. The driver got back in ...
Richard Anthony Melgar, a 37-year-old white man, was killed Monday, July 24, in the 12200 block of Horley Avenue in Downey, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
At about 5:30 p.m., Downey police responded to call from a woman who found her boyfriend dead in her backyard, according to a news release. Within minutes, officers arrived at a residential property with a front and back house. In the backyard between the houses, Melgar was found with multiple stab and gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at 5:49 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
In a subsequent investigation, detectives discovered that the girlfriend’s sister lived in the back house with her own boyfriend, the release said. Robert Joseph Benitez Jr., 31. Based on evidence at the scene, police said they believe Benitez was responsible for the killing.
Benitez was arrested later ...
Genaro Antonio Pastore, a 64-year-old Latino, died Friday, March 10, after being beaten in the 3600 block of West 106th Street in Inglewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Inglewood police responded at 12:45 p.m. to a call about a fight at a house, according to coroner’s records. They found Pastore bleeding from his face and unresponsive. His wife, Maria Urriola De Pastore, also was seriously wounded.
The Pastores were taken to a hospital, where Genaro Pastore was pronounced dead at 1:18 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Maria Pastore, 69, fell into a coma and died March 27, records show.
Detectives said the couple was attacked by their daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Edward Fernando Ruiz, 33. On the day of Genaro Pastore’s death, Ruiz went to his ex-girlfriend’s house and attacked her, then fled before police arrived. While the woman was transported to ...