Police investigate two Long Beach murders over the weekend

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crime-scene-tapeLBPD responded to two separate homicides over the weekend. On Friday, a stabbing in North Long Beach resulted in the death of a young boy. Then, on Saturday, a 19-year-old man was found dead in Central Long Beach. Investigations are underway, anyone with information is urged to contact the investigator in charge (see phone numbers below.)

Police have Suspect in Custody for Stabbing

On Friday, January 8, 2010, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a report of a woman screaming at an apartment complex in the 500 block of E. Pleasant Street, which resulted in the death of a 7-year-old boy, and the injuring of his mother.

When officers arrived, they found a 27-year-old woman in the stairwell of the complex who had sustained multiple stab wounds.  The woman pointed to a male subject who was standing in the doorway of a nearby apartment, and told the officers he was killing her kids.  When officers approached the subject, he closed the door and locked it.  Officers, fearing that the lives of children were in danger, forced their way into the residence.  Once inside, officers discovered a 7-year-old boy who had sustained multiple stab wounds to his body.  Officers performed CPR on the child until paramedics arrived and transported him to a local hospital.  The child was pronounced deceased a short time later.  The mother of the child was also transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Peniamina Tomasi, was taken into custody at the residence.  He has been booked for murder and attempted murder, and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail without bail.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Suspect Tomasi lived at the location with the female victim and their eight children that ranged in age from 4 months to 10 years.  They each had three children of their own, and shared two children together.  The Department of Children Services has taken custody of the seven children who were inside the residence at the time of the incident.  Fortunately, none of them were injured during the incident.

The motive for this incident is under investigation. Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Patrick O’Dowd and Terri Hubert at (562) 570-7244.

One Dead in Shooting on Chestnut

On Saturday, January 9, 2010, at approximately 3:20 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to a “shots fired” call in the 1400 block of Chestnut Avenue, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

When officers arrived, they discovered the victim, identified as 19-year-old Jesus Antonio Cruz-Gonsalez lying on the ground.  Victim Cruz-Gonsalez had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

No suspect information is available at this time, a motive for this shooting is unknown, and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Patrick O’Dowd and Terri Hubert at (562) 570-7244.

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