4 charged in connection with the shooting death of an LAPD officer

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A federal grand jury on Thursday returned indictments against three gang members and an associate in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer.

The three men and one defendant’s 18-year-old girlfriend have been charged with violating a federal racketeering statute for their role in the robbery and fatal shooting of Los Angeles Police Officer Fernando Arroyos on January 10, according to U.S. Attorneys.

what you need to know

  • The charge of violent crimes in favor of extortion carries a potential death penalty and a minimum sentence of life in federal prison with no possibility of parole because the fatal shooting occurred during a robbery
  • Sheriff Villanueva said he directed detectives to bring the case before the US Attorney’s Office because he opposed District Attorney George Gascón’s decision not to pursue gang aggravations
  • According to a complaint filed Jan. 13 by FBI Special Agent Seamus Kane, Luis Alfredo De La Rosa “Lil J” Rios admitted his involvement in the murder in an interview with sheriff’s investigators
  • Rios and Jesse “Skinny Jack” Contreras are scheduled to be charged in federal court in LA on February 3, Haylee Marie Grisham on February 7, and Ernesto “Gonzo” Cisneros on February 10

The charge of violent crimes in favor of extortion carries a potential death penalty and a minimum sentence of life in federal prison with no possibility of parole because the fatal shooting occurred during a robbery, prosecutors said.

Charged with violent crimes in favor of racketeering to increase and maintain position within the South Los Angeles-based Latino gang:

  • Luis Alfredo De La Rosa “Lil J” Rios, 29;
  • Ernesto “Gonzo” Cisneros, 22;
  • Jesse “Skinny Jack” Contreras, 34; and
  • Haylee Marie Grisham, 18, girlfriend of Rios.

Rios and Contreras are scheduled to be charged in federal court in Los Angeles on February 3, Grisham on February 7 and Cisneros on February 10.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he ordered detectives to bring the case before the US Attorney’s Office because he opposed District Attorney George Gascón’s decision to stop pursuing gang enhancements.

These improvements in a murder case can mean the difference between a life sentence with the possibility of parole and never being released from prison.

The shooting occurred around 9:15 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the 8700 block of Beach Street near Firestone Boulevard in the Firestone-Florence unincorporated area, authorities said.

According to a complaint filed Jan. 13 by FBI Special Agent Seamus Kane, in an interview with sheriff’s detectives, Rios admitted his involvement in the murder and said he and the other suspects were driving around “to make money.” ‘ which he further explained stealing property or money from a person.

Federal prosecutors allege Rios and Cisneros got out of a black pickup truck and confronted Arroyos, a three-year veteran of the LAPD, and his girlfriend while they were looking for a home to buy in the area.

The two allegedly aimed guns at the victims and stole property from both of them, including a wallet and two silver chains from Arroyo’s neck, sheriff-capt said. Joe Mendoza.

“Sometime after Cisneros removed[Arroyos]’s chains,[Arroyos]and the two suspects exchanged shots,” court documents said.

Suffering a single gunshot wound, Arroyos ran from the area and collapsed in an alley as the suspects fled the scene in the truck.

The sheriff’s deputies who responded arrived at the scene and found bystanders performing CPR on Arroyos, Mendoza said. MPs loaded Arroyos into a squad car and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives retrieved a loaded pistol belonging to one of the suspects from the scene, and the sheriff’s department received a report around 9:25 p.m. Monday about a man suffering a gunshot wound about a mile in the area of ​​Junction Street and East 60th Street – a half from the spot of the shooting, said Mendoza.

Investigators later determined that the wounded man was Cisneros and that he had suffered the shot during the shootout with Arroyos. Contreras was also found in the area hiding in the garage of his apartment on Block 5900 of Junction Street.

A second handgun was retrieved from Contreras’s home and is being tested to see if it was used in the shooting, Mendoza said.

Rios and Grisham were later found and taken into custody at their home.

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