Three men face murder and theft charges and a fourth faces a theft charge in connection with a spate of home robberies that have plagued the city in recent weeks, police said Friday.
A Los Angeles Police Department Home Theft task force, with assistance from an LAPD SWAT unit and Beverly Hills, Glendale and Fontana Police, made the arrests on December 21 at various locations. in Los Angeles and Fontana.
The suspects were Jayon Sanders, 21, Abraham Castillo, 20, Tyree Singleton, 20, and Joshua Saulsberry, 21.
Sanders, Castillo and Singleton have all been charged with murder, theft and attempted theft. Saulsberry is charged with robbery.
Sanders is being held on $ 2.49 million bond, Castillo and Singleton on $ 2.05 million bond and Saulsberry on $ 160,000 bond, according to the LAPD.
Detectives recovered a handgun, a replica handgun, over $ 30,000 in cash, handbags, a Rolex watch, gang accessories and two vehicles believed to have been used in the crimes, he said. indicated the police.
The murder involved a man who was shot at a restaurant in 7100 Block on Sunset Boulevard on November 23, LAPD officer Norma Eisenman said.
The victim was 23-year-old Jose Ruiz Gutierrez. He was waiting in a car outside the Bossa Nova restaurant in the 7100 Sunset Boulevard block at around 2 a.m. that day when a woman he was with came out and was accosted by a group of men who attempted to snatch her up. steal, police told the Los Angeles Times.
Gutierrez, who was carrying a gun, got out of the car to intervene and suspects shot him and fled, according to the report.
A special team has been set up to find those responsible. Eric Leonard reports for the NBC4 News on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
Hours after the crime, LAPD chief Michel Moore announced the agency would create a task force to investigate “follow-up home thefts,” which have increased in frequency in recent weeks.
Moore said the department had identified 133 probable cases of such crimes. Heists involve thieves following people wearing high-end jewelry or owning expensive vehicles or other property.
Moore said Gutierrez “was helping a woman who was being attacked” when he was killed.
The Home Theft and Robbery Task Force includes detectives and resources from the Gang Narcotics Division and the Metropolitan Division of the LAPD.
“They will work to identify those responsible, prosecute them and bring them to the criminal justice system,” Moore said.
“The impact that this has on the feeling of community, of security, is profound,” he added.
Moore added that people shouldn’t try to protect their property when faced with thieves.
âThere is no gem or property that they own that is worth their life, and so if they find themselves in such a perilous situation, cooperate, be a good witness.â¦ Don’t chase people, don’t try to prosecute people and do not try to take action yourself other than to minimize the risk of you falling victim to the type of violence that we have seen this morning, “he said.
He added that if anyone notices they are being followed, they should not drive home and instead go to a police station and call 911.