Maylin Zulian Fuentes-Sanabria, a 20-year-old Latina, was found dead Sunday, May 14, in the 1400 block of South Van Ness Avenue in Harvard Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Fuentes-Sanabria was discovered wrapped in a blanket in a shopping cart about 12:25 a.m., said LAPD Lt. John Radtke.
Investigators discovered that Fuentes-Sanabria had gone to visit a man the went to visit a man in the early morning hours of May 13 in the 1500 Gramercy Place and was strangled, Radtke said.
Fuentes-Sanabria was then dumped a few blocks away, police said.
On May 24, Rene Rolando Ailon, a 26-year-old Latino, was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to online jail records. Two days later, Ailon was charged with one count of murder and one count of rape, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Ailon is due back in court June ...
William Warren Pruitt Jr., a 59-year-old black man, was fatally stabbed Sunday, Sept. 25, in the 1700 block of South Western Avenue in Harvard Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 6:30 a.m., Pruitt pulled into the parking lot of a Food 4 Less and was walking toward the entrance when he was stabbed in the neck, said Los Angeles Police Lt. John Radtke.
Two women, believed to be the attacker's mother and sister, tried to help Pruitt, Radtke said. The attacker left the scene with his father; then the two came back.
Police identified Ed Camarena, a 21-year-old Latino, as the suspect in the stabbing. Camarena was with his family and had arrived in the parking lot before they planned to go to church, Radtke said.
Camarena told police that Pruitt “mad-dogged” him, but security footage shows an unprovoked attack, Radtke ...
Erik Antonio Juarez, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot to death Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the 1500 block of South Western Avenue in Harvard Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
About 2 p.m., Juarez got into an argument in a marijuana clinic with Jose Eriberto Gonzalez, a 19-year-old Latino, LAPD Lt. John Radtke said.
Investigators believe the two men were gang members, and Juarez had challenged Gonzalez, Radtke said.
After the argument, Juarez left the clinic and returned with a baseball bat. When Juarez went to put the bat away, Gonzalez drew a gun and opened fire, Radtke said.
Juarez was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:59 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Witnesses later provided police with a description of Gonzalez, who was arrested two days later, Radtke said.
On Feb. 29, Gonzalez was charged with one ...
Siria Imelda Portillo Torres, a 36-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Saturday, May 9, in the 1400 block of South Western Avenue in Harvard Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 8 p.m., Torres was standing outside Lupillo’s Bar when she was struck by gunfire, said Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopez.
Witnesses told police that after Torres was shot, she walked into the bar and collapsed. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The gunman is described as a man in his 30s, and police said he may have been trying to shoot at another person.
Anyone with information is asked to call West Bureau homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Emma DeJesus Serin-Paul, a 45-year-old Latina, was found fatally stabbed Sunday, Feb. 8, in the 1700 South Hobart Boulevard in Harvard Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 6 p.m., police responded to a call of a possible homicide and found Serin-Paul’s body in the doorway of an apartment, said Lt. John Radtke with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police followed a trail of blood and found the woman’s husband in a bedroom with stab wounds. Authorities said that the couple was involved in a dispute.
Serin-Paul was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. at the scene, said Ed Winter, assistant chief of investigations for the coroner’s office. The man was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.
“We’ll look carefully at the evidence at the scene,” Radtke said. “We’re trying to determine what happened inside between ...
Eric Martinez, 19-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, March 8, in the 3000 block of Country Club Drive in Harvard Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 1:35 a.m., LAPD Wilshire patrol officers responded to a call of a shooting near Country Club and Norton Avenue and found Martinez on the ground behind parked cars.
LAPD Det. Dave Vinton said that Martinez was walking home with a 28-year-old friend when at least two men walked up from behind and fired multiple shots.
Martinez was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:29 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Anyone with information can call LAPD West Bureau Homicide at (213) 382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Mario Castro, a 26-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Thursday, Aug. 23, in the 1800 block of South Ardmore Avenue in Harvard Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Police responded to a call regarding a shooting about 4:40 p.m., according to an LAPD news release. When authorities arrived, they discovered Castro lying in the roadway with gunshot wounds to his torso.
Officials said Castro was taken by paramedics to California Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:15 p.m.
During the investigation, detectives learned Castro had just parked his car and was exiting the vehicle when a white SUV pulled up and the occupants came up to him. At that point, words were exchanged and Castro was shot several times. The shooters then fled north on Ardmore Avenue.
Investigators said there were at least four to five occupants in the car. They ...
Melvin Childs, a 16-year-old black teenager, died Thursday July 7, after his body was left at a fire station in the 2000 block of South Western Avenue in Harvard Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Two men in their 20s dumped the wounded teen outside Fire Station 26 about 9:45 p.m., said Los Angeles Police Officer Christopher No.
Paramedics transported Childs, of Gardena, by ambulance to a local hospital, where he died from a single gunshot wound, No said. Coroner's records later showed the teenager had been shot several times in the back.
Homicide detectives are searching for the two men who dropped off the teen, and are seeking the public's help. "They left without identifying themselves," No said.
Anyone with information about the shooting or the whereabouts of the two young men may call Det. Herman Frettlohr at (213) 382-9470 or the ...
Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Dominguez was the victim of an apparent robbery on Sept. 13. His assailant hit him several times with a brick at about 2:15 a.m., and he was taken to a hospital for treatment, Winter said.
Dominguez died in the hospital four days later at 6:32 p.m.
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Ysidro Martinez, a 17-year-old Latino male, was stabbed in the back several times on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles, police said.
Investigating officers said Martinez was confronted by a group of people about 10:30 p.m. at Venice Boulevard and Manhattan Place. He was stabbed during a struggle, and the people who confronted him fled the scene on foot, police said.
Martinez was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died. Authorities initially withheld his name, pending notification of his family.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call homicide Det. John Shafia of the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division at (213) 473-0446.
Hernan Cardona, a 60-year-old Latino man, was shot and killed outside of an auto parts store about 10 p.m. Friday, April 18. Police said Cardona worked as a security guard at the Auto Zone at 1905 S. Western Ave. and exchanged gunfire with two black men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts.
Then, according to Cardona's son, Wilfredo Cardona, 34, his father attempted to help a wounded bystander. As he was checking on the man, the two gunmen shot Hernan Cardona three times from behind. He was struck in the head at least once, his son said. The motive for the shooting is still unknown, police said.
Hernan's sister Miriam Cardona, 39, said her brother was from El Salvador. He was a father of seven and grandfather of five, she said. According to relatives, Hernan Cardona liked to stay fit by lifting weights. He enjoyed the outdoors and was ...
Rogelio Perez, 63, a Latino man, was found dead, stabbed multiple times, in his apartment at 1250 S. Western Ave. in mid-Los Angeles at about 9:26 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2. The apartment manager discovered him dead and called police. He had not been dead long. Perez had lived alone in the apartment for 14 years, and was a healthcare worker or possibly a licensed nursing assistant. There was no evidence of forced entry.
LAPD Wilshire detectives seek leads. (213) 473-0446.
Eduardo Gonzalez, 25, a Latino man, was shot multiple times while sitting in a car with two male friends at 1820 S. St. Andrews Place in LAPD's Wilshire area about 5:30 p.m. July 17.
He was taken to a hospital by ambulance, and pronounced dead. Investigators are looking for a suspect who fled the scene--a Latino man in his 20s, about 5-foot-9. Anyone with information is asked to call Wilshire Homicide at (213) 473-0446.