Suspects Arrested in Connection With Motorhome Fire Homicide

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Three suspects have been arrested and charged in connection to a motorhome fire, which led to a murder investigation. On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, around 12:15 a.m., Long Beach police officers on routine patrol smelled smoke and discovered a motor home on fire in the 500 block of W. 17th Street. The officers called Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) for assistance, then used fire extinguishers available in their patrol vehicles to extinguish the flames. LBFD personnel responded and discovered a deceased male victim inside. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office later identified the victim as Thomas Taylor, a 61 year-old resident of Long Beach.

On Monday, February 3, 2014, detectives arrested Diana Sequen, a 20 year-old resident of Long Beach. On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, detectives arrested Jose Alfredo Zolorza, a 19 year-old resident of Long Beach, and on February 5, 2014, detectives arrested David Romero, a 28 year-old resident of Long Beach. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges on all three in connection with the murder of Thomas Taylor. All three individuals are being held at Los Angeles County Jail on 1,000,000 Bail.

The motive for the murder appears to be an on-going dispute. The murder involved arson, and it appears the suspects used the arson as an attempt to destroy evidence related to this crime. The investigation remains on going.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert and Mark Bigel Guarino at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Long Beach Police Homicide 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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