Man Kidnapped and Shot Dies; Three Suspects in Custody
2012-09-11 · By Editor
On Friday, September 7, 2012, at approximately 11:52 p.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to the 1200 block of 10th Street regarding a report of a person choking a male subject unconscious and placing him into the trunk of a car, which ultimately led to the arrest of three suspects.
Based on the description provided by witnesses, officers were able to conduct a traffic stop of the car a few blocks away. Patrol officers found blood in the trunk of this vehicle, but no body. Officers returned to the location where they first observed the car and where the assault was reported to have occurred, and found a bloody hammer and gun.
While officers were searching the area of the traffic stop, another call was received from a witness who reported hearing a shot in the 1000 block of St Louis Avenue. When the witness went outside to investigate, they saw a subject in the alley down on the ground. Responding officers found a 24-year-old male adult in the alley who had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he remains in grave condition.
Based on the serious condition of the victim, homicide detectives were notified. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had been assaulted, and then left in the alley after being shot. Officers were able to connect the two subjects detained in the traffic stop to the victim found in the alley, and they were placed under arrest. Further investigation led police to a third suspect who was located in an apartment complex near the original assault location on 10th Street, and he was also arrested for his involvement.
At this point in the investigation, detectives have been able to piece together that the victim met with the suspects in Riverside County earlier in the evening. After a dispute, the victim was assaulted and placed in a car and brought to Long Beach. He was assaulted again before being placed in the trunk of the car and driven a few blocks away where he was dumped and shot. At this time, it is unknown what started the initial dispute or the motive for the assault.
The three arrested in relation to this incident have been identified as 19-year-old Jose Duenas of Long Beach, 20-year-old Christopher Ramirez of Mira Loma, and 21-year-old Antonio Portales of Long Beach. All three subjects were booked for kidnapping and attempted murder and are currently being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $500,000 bail. On Tuesday, detectives are expected to present their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
On Monday, September 10, 2012, Long Beach Police received notification from the hospital that the 24-year-old victim, who has now been identified as Hector Campos, has been pronounced deceased. Victim Campos’ city of residence has not yet been determined. All three suspects have been re-booked for kidnapping and murder and are now being held without bail. Detectives still anticipate presenting the case to the District Attorney’s office today as planned.
Anyone having information regarding this incident should Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.