Two men charged with murder in Westmont shooting
Two men have been charged with murder in the shooting that killed Ruben Mendoza in the alley outside his Westmont home Nov. 14.
Carlos Siordia, a 39-year-old Latino, was arrested in Compton on Nov. 16, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Jauch. David Sufle, a 30-year-old Latino, turned himself in to the Sheriff's Department Norwalk Station on Nov. 20.
The men were each charged with murder on Tuesday, with special allegations that the crime involved guns and gangs. They are scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 10 at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Inglewood.
Investigators believe that Siordia and Sufle got into a dispute with Mendoza over money in the alley outside the victim's home in the 11400 block of Berendo Avenue, Jauch said. They also believe Sufle used his affiliation with a local gang as a threat against Mendoza, Jauch said
During the argument, Siordia allegedly punched Mendoza in the face, Jauch said, and investigators believe that Sufle then pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking Mendoza.
Sufle and Siordia are each being held in jail in lieu of $2 million bail.