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Category: Van Nuys

Van Nuys: Carlos Bonilla, 37

December 21, 2009 |  8:49 pm

The location where Carlos Bonilla was shot. Click for the Van Nuys Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Carlos Bonilla, a 37-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, Dec. 20, in the 14700 block of Archwood Street in Van Nuys, authorities said.

According to a Los Angeles Police Department news release, Bonilla was standing next to his car when he was approached by someone who shot him in the head. He was shot about 8:15 p.m. as he was leaving his home on his way to work, police said.

Bonilla was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 8:32 p.m., according to coroner's records. Police have no physical description of the suspect, but the person drove away in a mid 1990s Dodge Durango SUV.

Anyone with information about this killing is asked to call LAPD Van Nuys detectives at 818-374-0040.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Carlos Bonilla was shot. Click for the Van Nuys Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


16-year-old suspect named in killing of Robert Rodriguez, 14

November 6, 2009 |  4:28 pm

Ignacio Araujo, 16, the suspect in the killing of Robert Rodriguez, 14. Araujo is at large and has been charged with murder. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police. Los Angeles police issued a murder warrant Thursday for the arrest of a teenage suspect in the killing of Robert Rodriguez, a 14-year-old Latino boy.

LAPD Det. Marc Matinez said Ignacio Araujo, a 16-year old Latino, is accused of killing Rodriguez in front of an apartment building in the 15400 block of Vanowen Street in Van Nuys on Oct. 23.

Rodriguez was shot about 3:50 p.m. when he was allegedly approached by Araujo. According to Martinez, Araujo asked Rodriguez where he was from, a common question used to determine gang identity, then shot him once in the head.

Martinez said Rodriguez was not a documented gang member and had no prior criminal history.

Araujo, who police say is a known member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang who goes by the nickname "Tiny," is being charged as an adult with Rodriguez's murder and is still at large. He is 5-foot-2 and weighs 120 pounds, according to a police flier.

In addition to Rodriguez's slaying, Araujo has been charged with the attempted murder of two other males and faces an additional count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, according to the complaint filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors.

Martinez said there was no dispute that led up to the shootings, but he would not discuss what specifically happened that afternoon.

Anyone with information about Araujo's whereabouts is asked to call LAPD Van Nuys detectives at (818) 374-0040.

-- Anthony Pesce

Photo: Ignacio Araujo, 16, the suspect in the killing of Robert Rodriguez, 14. Credit: LAPD

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Van Nuys: Robert Rodriguez, 14

October 27, 2009 |  6:29 pm

The location where Robert Rodriguez was shot. Click for the Van Nuys Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Robert Rodriguez, a 14-year-old Latino boy, was shot and killed on Friday, Oct. 23, in the 15400 block of Vanowen Street in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Rodriguez was standing outside an apartment when he was approached by someone and shot. Winter said the assailant could be affiliated with a gang.

Rodriguez was shot about 3:50 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene at 4 p.m., Winter said.

—Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Robert Rodriguez was shot.

Click the Van Nuys Mapping L.A. page to learn about the neighborhood demographics.


Times coverage: 2 suspects still at large in killing of baby

September 30, 2009 |  2:11 pm

Garcia

Andrew Garcia, a 4-month-old Latino infant, died Sunday, Sept. 27, after he was shot at Kittridge and Sylmar streets in Van Nuys, authorities said.

This is an excerpt from Times coverage of the killing: 

Marlene Ramirez and Frank Garcia didn't have a lot, but they were devoted to their 4-month-old son Andrew, relatives said Monday.

"He was their life," said Veronica Munoz, Ramirez's cousin.

On Monday, Garcia, 21, a warehouse worker, and Ramirez, 18, were making funeral arrangements for their baby, a day after he was killed and two others wounded in what police say was a gang-related shooting in Van Nuys.

The killing happened about 1 a.m. Sunday in the 14300 block of Kittridge Street as the young couple were preparing to drive home from a friend's baptismal celebration, Los Angeles police said.

Two unidentified male suspects remained at large and were last seen fleeing on foot. One was described as 18 to 22 years old and about 5 foot 9 with a shaved head. The other is about 5 foot 5 and 200 pounds, police said.

Witnesses spotted a brown pickup filled with recyclables leaving the area shortly after the shooting. Police said the vehicle could be linked to the crime.

Read the full story: 2 suspects still at large in killing of baby

-- Catherine Saillant and Ann M. Simmons

Photo: Andrew Garcia, a 4-month-old killed in an apparent gang-related attack early Sunday, is remembered at a vigil on the site where he was shot. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times


Van Nuys: Giovanni Perez, 20

August 13, 2009 | 10:02 pm

Location of Perez's shooting. Click to learn more about the demographics of this area.Giovanni Perez, a 20-year-old Latino, was shot in the torso and died on Monday, August 3, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Authorities said Perez may have been shot because he had just witnessed an armed robbery. He was standing in the 7300 block of Lennox Avenue in Van Nuyswhen two Latino men robbed two people a short distance away, according to Los Angeles police.

After the robbery, police said the two men walked up Lennox Avenue and saw Perez standing in the street.

One of the men and Perez got into an argument, and the man pulled out a gun and shot Perez in the torso, according to the LAPD.

Perez was taken to a hospital, where he died shortly after he arrived.

The suspects are both described by the LAPD as Latino men between 24 and 26 years old with medium builds. One is 5 feet 3, and the other is 5 feet 7.

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Van Nuys homicide detectives at (818) 374-1948.


Van Nuys: Juan Espinoza, 19

August 7, 2009 |  9:31 pm
Location of Espinoza's shooting. Click to learn more about the demographics of this area. Juan Espinoza, a 19-year-old Latino, was shot several times on Friday, July 31,  at Friar Street and Vesper Avenue in Van Nuys. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Espinoza, of Van Nuys, was found shot in a parking lot at about 10:30 p.m., according to the LAPD. Espinoza got into an argument with someone, which led to the shooting, police said.

The suspect was described by police as a Latino man in his late 20s or early 30s with black hair. Police said the suspect drove away in a small, late 1980s model four-door car, possibly a Honda Civic.

Anyone with information about this killing is asked to call LAPD Van Nuys homicide detectives at (818)374-0040.



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