Two Long Beach homicides may be linked, say police

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suspect two long beach murdersAfter several months of investigations, Long Beach Police say that they have reason to believe that two murders separate murders may have been committed by the same person. The suspect, shown in the photo at the left, may have accomplices and police are seeking information from anyone that may have knowledge of the events.

On March 11, 2010 Homicide Detectives along with the assistance of Long Beach Search and Rescue canvassed the area of 15th street and Stanley Avenue distributing flyers related to the January 30, 2010 murder of Jonathan Cordova.

The flyers showed images taken from a nearby surveillance video depicting a male Hispanic or Puerto Rican and a white compact early 2000 model Toyota with missing hubcaps. Since that time additional video enhancements from the 15th/Stanley murder have revealed the suspect vehicle is a White 2003 Toyota Corolla with missing hubcaps as shown in the photograph provided.

On April 2, 2010, Long Beach Homicide Detectives released information asking for the public’s help in solving the murder of Esaul Villagrana who was killed on October 26, 2009 in the area of 20th street and Cedar Ave.

Based on the media coverage of these two murders, Homicide Detectives have received information linking the two murders to the same suspect. Detectives also believe that the suspect from the 20th and Cedar murder did not act alone and had at least one or more accomplices.  After the shooting at 20th/Cedar, the suspects fled northbound in the alley west of Cedar Avenue, then westbound 20th to a waiting vehicle. Detectives would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a vehicle matching the description provided in the photograph in the area of 20th/Cedar on October 26, 2009.

Homicide Detectives are once again asking for anyone who may have additional information about either of these murders and the suspect(s) to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives at 562 570-7244 right away.

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