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The Long Beach Police Department is asking for the publicís help in locating a suspect wanted for the murder of a Long Beach man who was shot and killed.
On Wednesday, December 1, 2004, at approximately 6:40 p.m., Long Beach Police Officers responded to the 6600 block of Obispo Avenue regarding shots fired, which resulted in the death of one male adult. When officers arrived, they located the shooting victim with multiple gunshot wounds. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was involved in an argument with the suspectís mother Dionna Maranjo a 36 year-old resident of Lakewood. At about an hour later the suspect confronted the victim at another location where he shot the victim before fleeing in an unknown direction. Dionna has been arrested for aiding in the murder and helping the suspect escape.
Based on the investigation, a possible suspect has been identified as 19 year-old Michael Anthony Rojas who is believed to be a Lakewood resident. He is a male Hispanic, 5í10Ē, 165 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is a known gang member and is consider armed and dangerous. The suspect has been seen driving a 1991, red, Acura, 2door with license plate 4WAL993.
Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident or the suspectís whereabouts is strongly urged to contact Long Beach Homicide Detectives Richard Conant and Mark McGuire at (562) 570-7244. Citizens can also call 9-1-1 for an immediate response, or the Long Beach Police Departmentís Communications Center at (562) 435-6711 if calling from a cellular phone.
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