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Homicide Report: 10 killings last week in L.A. County, four of them women

November 18, 2010 |  8:05 am

Coroner's officials reported 10 killings in Los Angeles County between Nov. 8 and early Sunday morning, bringing the year-to-date total to 545, according to information collected for The Times' Homicide Report database.

Authorities have said at least four women were killed last week, an unusually high ratio in a county where females typically make up about 15% of homicide victims. Those killed last week included Rosa Bran Enriquez, 44, who was shot during a carjacking Nov. 12.

South_gate_carjacking Enriquez was driving north on San Juan Avenue in South Gate about 2:30 a.m., authorities said.

Two suspects, believed to be a man and woman, got her to stop her 2005 Infiniti Q56. They shot her, left her in the street and drove away in the car, officials said.

Later that day, Tesha Contreras, 32, was shot and killed in an unincorporated area of Torrance known as West Carson.

Sheriff's deputies found Contreras shot inside her home after getting a call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon about 10:25 p.m. Detectives detained her husband, David Contreras, 30, and recovered the suspected murder weapon at the scene, officials said.

He was charged Wednesday with one count of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Contreras is being held in lieu of $2 million at the Men's Central Jail in downtown. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 2 at Compton Municipal Court.

His wife is survived by the couple's 3-year-old daughter, her sister Diane Castillo told The Times. The  child was asleep in the home at the time of the shooting, Castillo said. 

On Nov. 14, Stephanie Thompson, 35, was shot to death in South Park. LAPD officers discovered her at an after-hours club after getting a call reporting a shooting about 3:30 a.m., said LAPD Newton Det. Richard Arcienega.

No one else was injured, he said. Arcienega said authorities had no description of the shooter and had found no indication that Thompson was affiliated with a gang.

Betty_sugiyama The same day, Betty Sugiyama, 84, died after a fall at a Metro Gold Line station in downtown Los Angeles.

Sugiyama was standing on the train platform in Little Tokyo when a woman pushed her onto the tracks, police said. Her sister, Mary, also in her 80s, said they had planned a day of shopping and were rushing to catch a train at the time of the attack.

Authorities said they discovered the alleged assailant, Jackkqueline Pogue, 44, still on the platform. She was charged Tuesday with one count of murder.

Sheriff's homicide investigators are still investigating the attack and said they  had not been able to determine a motive. Pogue is being held in lieu of $1 million at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood and is scheduled to appear Nov. 30 at the Los Angeles Municipal Court.

The Times' Homicide Report provides an interactive map and database of all homicides in Los Angeles County reported by the coroner since Jan. 1, 2007.


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Photos, from top: Scene of the carjacking, where Rosa Bran Enriquez was killed. Credit: KTLA. Betty Sugiyama. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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