Police Arrest Suspects Involved in 1995 Murder Case

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The Long Beach Police Department has made two arrests in the 1995 murder of 60-year-old Long Beach resident Renato Teniente, which occurred in the 2600 block of E. 55th Way.

On November 22, 1995, Long Beach Police responded to the location to investigate a shots fired call. When they arrived, they discovered the victim sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, parked at the curb with the ignition running. He had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Victim Teniente was employed as a pizza delivery man that had gone to the location and delivered a pizza. He had gotten back into his vehicle to leave when he was approached by two male subjects who attempted to rob him, and it was during that time that the victim was shot and killed.

Detectives worked diligently and identified two possible suspects; however, when they could not gain witness cooperation, the case went cold. In 2012, the investigation was reopened and detectives began reviewing all aspects of the case and re-interviewing witnesses. They were able to identity 35-year-old Venda Johnson (also known as Trevon Washington), and 34-year-old James Lemon, as the individuals they believed responsible for the crime.

Detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on September 4, 2013, who filed attempted robbery and murder charges with special circumstances against both defendants.

It was determined that Defendant Johnson, who was 17-years-old and from Compton at the time of the murder, is incarcerated at Buena Vista State Prison in Colorado on a life sentence for murder. He is awaiting extradition. Defendant Lemon, who was also 17-years-old and from Long Beach at the time of the murder, was located and arrested in Las Vegas this morning, September 19, 2013, by an FBI task force. He is currently being held at the Clark County Jail without bail, and is also awaiting extradition.

Detectives believe there are additional witnesses to this crime, and are hoping they will come forward at this time. Anyone with information is urged to 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 www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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