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"Man Dies After Receiving Injection from Healer – Update"
A Press Conference to Announce the Arrest of Two Suspects for the Murder of Roberto Alonso Caceres and to Seek Additional Victims
Wednesday, October 30, 2002
LAPD Van Nuys Area Community Station
6240 Sylmar Avenue
Van Nuys, CA
Los Angeles: On Monday, October 28, 2002, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Van Nuys Area Officers were flagged down by a community member at the 15700 block of Marlin Street. The person told the officers that his friend, later identified as 54 year-old, Roberto Alonso Caceres, needed medical help.
The person directed the officers to Caceres’ location. The officers discovered Caceres to be unresponsive and a rescue ambulance was summoned. Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics arrived and transported Caceres to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cause of the death has not been determined. However, it is believed that Caceres was at the location receiving treatment from a healer. He began convulsing after being administered an injection.
On October 28, 2002, two Los Angeles residents were arrested for the murder of Caceres. Arrested and booked for Involuntary Manslaughter, 28 year-old Margarita Montes and 48 year-old Reina Chaverria are being held for $25,000 bail.