Continued Homicide Investigation Yields Composite Drawings of Suspects

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The Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who they believe may be responsible for the murder of Franklin Robles who was killed during a robbery on Monday, August 9, 2010, in the 1400 Block of W. 16th Street in Long Beach.

The preliminary investigation revealed that victim Robles, who is from Lake Elsinore, had come to Long Beach to purchase a vehicle. Once at the location, he was approached and robbed by two male Black suspects. According to witnesses, the suspects then fled in a dark colored van.

Several hours after the murder, a witness in Lake Elsinore reported seeing a tan Chevy Suburban with two male Blacks and two male Hispanics at the victim’s residence. Detectives believe these four suspects are responsible for the burglary that occurred to victim Robles’ home within hours of his murder, and may also be connected to his death.

The burglary suspects were described as:

Suspect #1 – male Black, 35 to 40-years-old, 5’11” – 6’0” tall, 220-230 lbs, with short black hair and was reported to look like a thug

Suspect 2

Suspect #2 – male Black, 40 to 45-years-old, 6’0 – 6’1” tall, 200-210 lbs, with short grayish/black hair

These descriptions are similar to the suspect descriptions provided in the Robles murder.

Detectives have produced composite sketches of the two male Black burglary suspects, and are still working on composites of the male Hispanic suspects. They believe the two male Black suspects may be the same individuals involved in the Robles murder, who then committed the Lake Elsinore burglary to his home.

On Monday, September 19, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives will be going out to the neighborhood where the murder occurred (1400 Block of W. 16th Street in Long Beach) to canvas the area. They will be handing out Public Information Bulletins that include information about the murder and with these composite sketches, to residents hoping to gather additional information and identify these individuals.

Anyone who may have any information on the identities or whereabouts of the suspects is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting

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