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Pomona man arrested in fatal shooting may be linked to two other deaths [Updated]

November 9, 2009 | 10:05 am

A suspect arrested in the shooting death of a Pomona man may be linked to two bodies found Saturday in the Mt. Baldy area and Chino, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Robert Louis Caballero, 32, of Pomona, was arrested Saturday after leading police on a short chase when he refused to pull over for a minor traffic stop. He was detained on suspicion of murder in the Sept. 29 shooting of Armando Vidana, 25, of Pomona.

But authorities believe Caballero may be connected to two other deaths discovered Saturday -- a man in Chino and a woman in the Mt. Baldy area. Information gathered after the pursuit led detectives to the bodies, and the Sheriff’s Department is working with the Pomona and Chino police departments, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department.

The body of David Arthur Padilla Jr., 29, of El Monte, was found at 11:55 a.m. Saturday under a freeway pass in the 3800 block of Walnut Avenue in Chino, according to a San Bernardino County coroner’s statement. There were signs of upper body trauma, the statement said.

The body of Lorraine Minjarz, 32, of Covina, was found at 4 p.m. at the 1.34 mile marker on Mt. Baldy Road, according to information from the Sheriff’s Department and the L.A. County coroner’s office. There was no immediate word on what caused Minjarz's death, said coroner’s investigator Richard Hanna.

Caballero is being held at Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles with no bail on a charge of felony evading.

[Updated at 10:36 a.m.: The Padilla and Minjarz killings are not gang-related, L.A. County sheriff’s officials said. In September, police said Vidana’s death was gang-related.]

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