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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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Gang Murder Suspects Arrested NR09231rf

Los Angeles: Yesterday, a suspect was arrested whom Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives believe is responsible for the murder of 24-year-old Victor Solis.  An additional suspect who is an accomplice is also in custody.

On May 2, 2009, at about 1:45 p.m., LAPD Northeast Division officers responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon on Pepper Street in the Cypress Park area of Los Angeles.  Once there, they discovered Solis in a vehicle where he had been shot.  Solis was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Acting on various leads, detectives identified two suspects: 21-year-old Adrian Martinez and 18-year-old Joshua Ricardo Galindes.  Both suspects were believed to be gang members and a danger to the community.  However, in this case, detectives believe Galindes is the shooter.

Late last week, detectives apprehended Martinez without incident.  Then yesterday afternoon, officers from the Department's Northeast Criminal Apprehension Team were working in an area associated with Galindes when they observed him emerging from a vehicle with a gun.  Galindes tossed his weapon aside and attempted to run away but was captured a short time later.  His gun was also recovered, although it was not of the same caliber as the murder weapon.  Even so, all suspects believed to be involved with Solis' murder are now in custody.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact LAPD Northeast Division detectives at 213-847-4261.  After hours and on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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