Los Angeles: A suspect in the shooting death of a North Hollywood resident early Saturday morning has been arrested.
On September 10, 2011, just before 1 a.m., Foothill Patrol Officers were called to an apartment in the 7600 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard to investigate a report of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon. When the officers arrived, they found 43-year-old Rafael Flores Vaca suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel transported Vaca to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
A perimeter was quickly established to try and find the suspect. One suspect, 25-year-old Caitan Arrequin was initially detained attempting to escape from the perimeter. Detectives gathered additional information that led to a search warrant being served at Arrequin’s residence. Information and evidence recovered during the investigation pointed to Arrequin as the suspect who committed the crime. He was arrested at about 5 p.m. later that day for Vaca’s murder. He is being held on $1,000,000 bail.
The motive may stem from a neighbor or gang dispute.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Foothill Homicide Detectives, Detectives Mario Santana or Adrienne Hamilton at 818-834-3115. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 213-978-6500 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers 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.