Suspect Identified in Sylmar Boy's Murder
News Conference to Announce the Identity of the Suspect Wanted for Murdering a 15-year-old Sylmar Boy
Thursday, June 30, 2005, 3:00 p.m.
Mission Area Police Station, 11121 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Mission Hills
Captain Kirk Albanese, Mission Area Commanding Officer,
Members of the victim's family
Portrait of Victim, Ramiro Guardado
Photograph of Suspect, Manuel Virgen
On Wednesday, June 29, 2005, around 7:30 p.m., community members reported a wounded man lying in the driveway of a Sylmar home.
During the investigation, Mission Area Homicide Detectives found that a man sitting in a parked car began arguing with 15-year-old Ramiro Guardado who was riding a bicycle. After an exchange of words, the occupant of the vehicle shot the victim one time in the upper body. Ramiro Guardado staggered a short distance, collapsed at a residential driveway in the 12600 block of Bradley Avenue, and died due to the fatal gunshot wound.
The suspect wanted for the murder has been identified as 23-year-old Manuel Virgen. He is described as a male Hispanic, 5 feet 9 inches, 165 pounds, black close-cropped hair with brown eyes. Virgen is a resident of Sylmar and has several familial connections in the same city. He also has ties to the State of Washington and Michoacan, Mexico.