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Monday, January 9, 2012

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January 16, 2012

**UPDATE**

North Hollywood Detectives have made two arrests in conjunction with the January 9th shooting death of Danilo Estuardo Morales.

Two suspects are in custody and have been booked at Valley Jail Section for murder:

Rene Ramirez, 29 yrs old, resident of Mission Hills
Booked for Murder (187 PC)  at LAPD Valley Jail Section -NO BAIL.


Evin Adonis Ortiz, 22 years old, resident of Valley Glen. 
Booked for Murder (187 PC)  at LAPD Valley Jail Section -NO BAIL.

The suspect’s vehicle is in custody and is being examined by detective personnel.

We are still seeking additional information regarding the third suspect involved in this crime and continue to seek the public's assistance in this investigation.  Contact numbers for North Hollywood Detective personnel are listed below.


January 11, 2012

***UPDATE***

Detectives have released a second photograph of the suspect vehicles rear section that clearly show it has a spare tire attached.  They are hoping the images will help them identify the suspects connected to this brutal murder.

***UPDATE***

An updated photograph of the suspect vehicle has been attached to page two of this report, replacing the initial photograph of lesser quality.



***UPDATE***


Detectives have released a photograph of the vehicle believed involved in this murder, a white, 1997-1999, Mitsubishi Montero.  Detectives are asking for anyone with information about this vehicle or those involved  in this crime to contact them immediately at the numbers listed below.


Los Angeles:
On Monday evening, a 24-year-old man was killed while coming to the aid of his grandfather who as being robbed in his driveway.

On January 9, 2012 at 6:45 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood patrol responded to a call of shots fired in the 8100 block of Coldwater Canyon Boulevard.  When they arrived, they discovered a male down on Willard Street just west of Coldwater Canyon Boulevard, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.  He was transported by Los Angeles Fire Department to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Investigators discovered that a robbery had occurred to behind a residence. The victim, identified as Danilo Estuardo Morales, came to the aid of his grandfather who was being robbed. The suspects were seen getting into a white, mid-sized SUV with a broken rear window and a long rear reflector light. Morales was shot while chasing after the robbery suspects.
 
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle or the location of the suspects is being asked to notify either Detective Castro or Detective O’Donnell, North Hollywood Homicide Detectives at 818-623-4075. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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