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Man, Teen Arrested in Connection With Two Homicides

Man, Teen Arrested in Connection With Two Homicides

A Los Angeles Police Department car in Los Angeles on Jan 6, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

City News Service

City News Service

8/23/2023

Updated: 8/24/2023

LOS ANGELES—Police announced on Aug. 24 that a man and a 14-year-old boy were arrested in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy at a Boyle Heights recreation center—and they alleged the adult suspect also killed another man several days afterward.
Alfonso Ramos, 16, was fatally shot shortly after 5 p.m. on Aug. 12 at the Evergreen Park Recreation Center, in the 2800 block of East Second Street, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reported.
“The subsequent investigation led to the identification of two suspects,” a police statement said.
“One of the suspects was identified as 26-year-old Michael Monarrez,” police said. “The second suspect was identified as a 14-year-old juvenile. Detectives were making investigative efforts to locate the pair and effect an arrest, when a second incident occurred.
“On Aug. 17, 2023, at approximately 10 a.m., Hollenbeck Area uniformed officers responded to the 500 block of Lorena Street for a shooting investigation,” police said. “When the officers arrived they discovered a victim, identified as Fermin Ruelas, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.”
Mr. Ruelas, 45, died at the scene, according to police and the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office.
Mr. Monarrez was arrested as a suspect in Mr. Ruelas’ killing a short time afterward, and on Aug. 18, investigators arrested the 14-year-old boy they say was involved with Mr. Monarrez in Ramos’s killing.
The arrests were announced at a Thursday morning news conference at police headquarters.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has filed two counts of murder against Mr. Monarrez, according to the police department.
“A petition for murder was filed by the District Attorney’s Office on the juvenile for the murder of Ramirez,” police said.
According to the police department, Ramos was approached on Aug. 12 by two people inside the recreation center and a brief altercation ensued, after which one of the suspects pulled out a weapon and shot the teen. Both suspects ran away.
According to a GoFundMe account established by his mother, Mr. Ramos was shot while working at the recreation center.
“During his short 16 years of life, he touched many lives with his sense of humor and his determination to better himself and his love for his family,” Crystal Arellano wrote on the page. “He was a loving son, brother, nephew, and cousin. Alfonso’s loss has left a hole in the hearts of us all.”
The teen had four siblings, according to the GoFundMe page.
The teen’s killing occurred less than two weeks after another fatal shooting at the same park. An 18-year-old man was fatally shot around 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 1 after getting into an altercation with two people, police said. It was unclear if the two shootings are related.
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