Suspect Arrested in Hit and Run Fatality Investigation

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Hit and Run suspect arrestedOn Thursday, June 21, 2012, Long Beach Police arrested the person believed responsible for the fatal hit and run collision that occurred on June 9, 2012, at the intersection of Anaheim Street and Linden Avenue, which caused the death of 51-year-old Yolanda Archuleta of San Pedro.

Accident Investigations Detective Brian Watt worked tirelessly since the incident, following-up on leads in an attempt to identify the suspect vehicle and driver. With the assistance of West Patrol Division officers, police responded to a residence in the 1500 block of Cedar Avenue, where the suspect vehicle, a black 1993 Honda Accord, was located. The vehicle had front-end damage consistent with having recently been involved in a collision.

Through further investigation, police identified a suspect they tracked to the city of Carson. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on June 21, 2012, Long Beach Police arrested 34-year-old Argon Sabas of Long Beach, at his place of employment. He was booked for vehicular manslaughter, and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $50,000 bail. Investigators were also able to identify the female passenger in the vehicle, and the investigation remains ongoing.

The hit and run occurred on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at approximately 9:51 p.m. Officers arrived to the scene and discovered Victim Archuleta lying in the roadway. She had been attempting to cross Anaheim Street, walking northbound in an unmarked crosswalk in the westbound lanes, just west of Linden Avenue. The suspect vehicle was traveling westbound on Anaheim Street when it struck the victim. The suspect vehicle had stopped and both driver and passenger were seen getting out of the vehicle momentarily, and walking up to the victim before getting back in and driving westbound on Anaheim Street. The victim was transported to a local hospital, and was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The suspect vehicle was described as a dark colored, 4-door, possibly Honda Accord, which likely sustained moderate to major front-end damage, with at least one, but possibly two broken headlights, and with a partial license plate of “6DG_ _ 58.” The driver was described as a male Hispanic in his mid 30’s, and wearing a white t-shirt. The passenger was described as a female Hispanic with shoulder length hair.

Police are still asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Accident Investigations Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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