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Five arrested in slaying of Lake Elsinore man

October 7, 2011 |  2:13 pm

Five people have been arrested in connection with the killing last year of a Lake Elsinore man, Long Beach police said Friday.

The case involved a 33-year-old man named Frank Robles, who went to an auto repair shop in Long Beach in August 2010 to make the final payment on a car he was buying, according to a Long Beach police report.

At the shop, he was accosted by two men who showed him a badge, shot him, took his cash and fled.

A few hours later, the suspects allegedly broke into and burglarized Robles’ Lake Elsinore home.

On Thursday, Shawn Verette, 38, of Bellflower, and Luis Orozco, 32, of Norwalk, were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Three others were arrested on suspicion of being accessories to murder for allegedly concealing evidence and assisting the suspects: Gabriela Orozco, 39, of Bellflower; Rosa Orozco, 35, of Lake Elsinore; and Nancy Acevedo, 34, of Norwalk.

A sixth suspect in the case, Luis Garcia, 32, of Bellflower, was killed in Mexico during the course of the investigation, in an incident unrelated to the case, police said.

Detectives interviewed numerous people in Lake Elsinore and circulated photographs and police sketches of suspects before connecting the suspects to the killing and burglary, police said.

The suspects were booked into Long Beach City Jail; arraignment is scheduled Tuesday.


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