3 slayings in four days baffle cops

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “All three seem to have a different motive,” Detective Jim Freund said Wednesday. “None are gang-related, which is good.” Police have a solid lead in one of the cases – Arce’s death in the Bank of America parking lot. Police have identified the suspect as Juan Carlos Paredes, 52, a former security guard from the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles. Paredes, who also uses the last name Garcia, is 5-foot-8 and weighs 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, Freund said. He could be driving a 1984 white-and-red Ford Bronco with California license plate 4SDB488. Paredes and Arce got into a dispute either in the Bank of America at 8324 Van Nuys Blvd. or in the parking lot, Freund said. Police believe Paredes retrieved a semiautomatic handgun from his Ford Bronco and fired at least 13 shots at Arce, who was inside a silver Ford. At least six shots pierced the Ford’s windshield and hit Arce in the chest, according to police and witnesses. Police have fewer clues on the other two killings. Rojerio Rayas, 44, was killed Monday when a man approached him outside his Mission Hills home, asked for directions and shot him. Juan Borjas, 20, was gunned down by an unknown assailant three days earlier in the roadway in the 13000 block of MacNeil Street. Just hours before that, Alfredo Arce, 31, was killed in his car in a parking lot outside a Bank of America. Now, Mission Area homicide detectives are seeking the public’s help solving three unrelated homicides in four days. Rayas was shot about 5:45 p.m. Monday – just after he returned home from work – in the 14800 block of San Fernando Mission Boulevard. Police have few witnesses and no description of the killer. On the surface, the shooting appears to be random. “There may be more to it, but nothing we can put a finger on,” Freund said. “For someone to just ask directions and kill someone like that is unusual without any motive or anything. Obviously, we need to look at it a little deeper.” Borjas, of Canyon Country, was shot in the roadway of MacNeil Street in Sylmar at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Again, police have no witnesses and few leads. “Whenever you have three cases that are unrelated, it’s more difficult to solve,” Mission Area patrol Capt. John Incontro said. “You don’t have a pattern. It’s not like it’s a gang rivalry, going back and forth, and that gives you clues.” Still, authorities are pleased that none of the homicides appears to be gang-related. In late September and early October, three gang-related slayings in the Panorama City area indicated a war could be erupting between two local street gangs. Incontro said he believes the Los Angeles Police Department’s efforts to squelch the dangerous feud – including gang sweeps, more patrols and better communication with local residents – have been effective. “That means our enforcement and our liaison with folks down there is working pretty well,” he said. Anyone with information on any of the Mission Area homicides is asked to call the Mission Area community police station at (818) 838-9800. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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