Redondo Beach police seek second suspect in bouncer's death
Redondo Beach police are looking for a second suspect in the fatal beating of a bouncer at a bar, identified as the 23-year-old nephew of a man arrested and released in connection with the incident.
A $1-million murder arrest warrant was issued Monday for Rene Anthony Avina, of Carson, the Redondo Beach Police Department announced Tuesday night.
The Daily Breeze reported that Rene Avila is the nephew of Alejandro Avina, a 30-year-old Carson man initially arrested in the case but released without charges being filed.
Police already have one suspect in custody -- 35-year-old Francisco Cobarruvias, who turned himself in last week.
Investigators allege that Cobarruvias and Rene Avina kicked and punched 49-year-old Terie Colecchi on June 2 after the 49-year-old bouncer denied them entrance to Pats II Cocktails after last call.
Colecchi, who lived in Torrance, died at a hospital.
Using information from witnesses and surveillance video, investigators initially identified two suspects in the case as Alejandro Avina and Cobarruvias, who were traveling in a white Audi registered to Avina, the Daily Breeze reported.
After he was released from jail, Alejandro Avina told the Breeze he was at home sleeping during the incident. Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman later said it appeared that Alejandro Avina was not in the car and that his statement about being home sleeping might be true.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident, or Rene Avina's whereabouts, to call (310) 937-6685 or text (310) 339-2362.
[For the record, June 14, 6:52 a.m.: A previous version of this post gave the incorrect last name for Alejandro and Rene Avina as Avila.]
-- Kate Mather
Photo: Rene Anthony Avina. Credit: Redondo Beach Police Department