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Cold-case murder linked to Perris man, 25 years later

March 9, 2012 |  1:03 pm

More than 25 years after a man was mysteriously and brutally murdered in his apartment, an arrest has been made, Long Beach police announced Friday.

Working with grant money from the National Institute of Justice, police used DNA technology to link the 1986 murder to Anthony Ragsdale, 49, of Perris and to Wallace Johnson, a Long Beach resident at the time. Johnson died in 2003, police said.

Ragsdale was arrested at his Perris home on Monday and charged with one count of murder and one count of robbery. He remains in custody at Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $1,050,000 bail. He is due in Long Beach Superior Court on March 19.

"It certainly gives the detectives a sense of accomplishment," said Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt. "It was a culmination of the funding made available to us and the determination by detectives to solve cases that might have otherwise never been looked again."

On June 27,1986, police were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Lemon Avenue. There they found Leotis Green dead. He had been shot several times.

Green's apartment had been ransacked and blood evidence was splattered throughout, according to police.

Using the 2009 grant money, an investigative unit was formed to reopen cold cases in which "physical evidence" still existed, Pratt said. That included Green's slaying.

The area within two miles of Green’s former complex has seen 115 homicides since Jan. 1, 2007, according to the  L.A. Times Homicide Report.


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