[UPDATED with Victim and Suspect I.D.'s, Charges:] Luis Arreola, OC Homicide No. 10: Shot Outside Apartments
Suspect Kain Espinoza
UPDATE, MAY 2, 10:23 A.M.: The trail from the body of Luis Arreola, who died in an emergency room after being found with gunshot wounds outside apartments in Anaheim April 25, led investigators to alleged meth dealers and an apparent plot to steal drugs from them.
Six suspects from Anaheim, Commerce, Montebello and Los Angeles had their Wednesday arraignments on charges of murder and conspiracy to sell and distribute methamphetamine continued to May 22.
Juan Carlos Carranza
Booking photos courtesy of OCDA
Here's how the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) says it went down (remembering innocent until proven guilty):
Juan Carlos Carranza, 24, and Alma Lopez Trinidad, 25, both of Anaheim, conspired with Arreola to steal meth from dealers Rocio Alejandra Badilla, 21, and Jose Felix Zepeda, 39, both of Los Angeles, Agustin Vazquez Velazquez, 26, of Montebello, and Kain Espinoza, 27, of Commerce.
Trinidad contacted Espinoza and Velazquez last Wednesday about scoring three pounds of meth, which would be supplied by Zepeda. Later in the day, Carranza went to Velazquez's home with Arreola and an unidentified man.
Alma Lopez Trinidad
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Carranza pulled a gun and fled with the drugs with Arreola, but they left Arreola's friend behind.
Badilla, Espinoza, Velazquez and Zepeda are accused of kidnapping the man and forcing him to drive them to Carranza's apartment on East Clifton Avenue, where Arreola was later found shot in the neck.
After the shooting, the dealers allegedly left with their looted drugs.
Carranza and Trinidad are charged with one felony count each of murder, first degree residential burglary, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Rocio Alejandra Badilla
Carranza is additionally charged with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a firearm and possession of a substance to distribute exceeding one kilogram.
If convicted on all counts, Carranza could get 45 years to life in state prison and Trinidad may draw 35 years to life.
Badilla, Zepeda, Velazquez and Espinoza are charged with one felony count of murder, two felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, and one felony count of kidnapping to commit a robbery.
Jose Felix Zepeda
Velazquez and Zepeda, who were being held on $2 million bail each, are additionally charged with special circumstances sentencing enhancements for murder during the commission of a robbery, the personal use of a firearm, and possession of a substance to distribute exceeding one kilogram.
Convictions could bring Zepeda and Velazquez sentences of life without the possibility of parole.
Badilla faces up to 35 years to life and Espinoza 33 years to life with guilty verdicts.
Agustin Vasquez Velazquez
Carranza, Trinidad, Velazquez and Zepeda are subject to a no-bail Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds.
The unidentified man has not been charged as he apparently did not know what he was walking into.
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 26, 9:15 A.M.: Anaheim Police received numerous calls of shots fired before arriving around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday to an apartment complex in the 300 block of East Clifton Avenue, where a man on the front walkway had been shot.
He was rushed to emergency, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. His name and age have not been revealed.
Gang and homicide investigators need clues. If you have any information that can help them, call 714.765.1944.
With five, Anaheim so far has half of Orange County's homicides this year.
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