LBPD Seeking Help in Murder of Lake Elsinore Man

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The Long Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of a Lake Elsinore man that was killed during a robbery on Monday, August 9, 2010, in the 1400 block of West 16th Street in Long Beach.

The preliminary investigation revealed that 33-year-old Franklin Robles of Lake Elsinore had gone to the location to purchase a vehicle. Once at the location, he was approached and robbed by two male African-American suspects. During the robbery, the victim was shot in the upper body. Victim Robles was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased a short time later.

Through the investigation, the detectives also learned that Victim Robles was already in possession of the vehicle, a tan colored STC Cadillac that he had been test driving, and had gone to the location to complete the transaction. Based on eyewitness information, Victim Robles was dropped off at the location by an unknown person in the Cadillac. After the robbery/murder, witnesses observed the Cadillac drive by the crime scene location. The driver slowed down to look, but did not stop and continued driving away from the scene.

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Detectives acquired newly discovered surveillance video, which is in the process of being reviewed and enhanced, which depicts the Cadillac driving away from scene after the murder. The Cadillac was again captured on video traveling eastbound on the 91 Freeway sometime after the murder. The Cadillac was later recovered in Orange County.

At this time, there is no additional suspect information available and the investigation remains ongoing. Anyone who has information regarding this incident is strongly urged to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244.

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