Murder Investigation Leads to Arrest of Hawaiian Gardens Resident

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On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at approximately 10:05 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a call in the 3500 block of Monica Avenue regarding a report that a person had been shot, which resulted in the death of a female adult, and the injuring of a male adult.

When officers arrived, they discovered 54-year-old Monica Barboza inside the converted garage, where she had apparently been living. She had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso and determined deceased at the scene by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics.

Shortly thereafter, L.B.P.D. was notified that a male adult gunshot victim had been transported to a local hospital by a friend. Through the investigation, officers were able to determine that the 52-year-old resident of Hawaiian Gardens, who was visiting the location at the time the shooting occurred, was a second victim. He sustained what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition.

Detectives immediately began investigating and following-up on leads. On Wednesday, 53-year-old Robert Rubio Jr. of Hawaiian Gardens, was arrested without incident at the home of a friend in Hawaiian Gardens. Rubio, a documented gang-member, is being booked for murder and attempted murder, and will be held at the Long Beach City Jail on $1,000,000 bail. He will be arraigned on this afternoon in Long Beach Superior Court.

Based on the investigation, detectives believe Rubio was involved in an ongoing dispute with other residents who reside in the home, which ultimately led to the shooting. The victims are not married, but are related through marriage.

Anyone with information should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Todd Johnson and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting

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