On Monday, May 6, 2019, at approximately 2:45 p.m., officers responded to the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue regarding an injury traffic collision caused by a strong-arm robbery, which resulted in the death of a male adult and the suspects of the robbery charged with murder.
Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious male adult victim lying in the roadway. The Long Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital in critical condition.
The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was standing in the roadway when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation.
Further investigation revealed the male victim was robbed and assaulted by three male adult suspects and one female adult suspect on the sidewalk, which resulted in him entering the roadway just prior to the collision.
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, detectives identified the suspects believed to be involved in the robbery and assault. Michael Rowe, a 27-year-old resident of Downey, and Kalaza Easterlin, a 23-year-old resident of Downey, were arrested near their residence and a subsequent search warrant was carried out recovering evidence related to the robbery. Ira Callahan, a 53-year-old resident of Long Beach, and Darrell Cutrer, a 32-year-old resident of Long Beach, were separately taken into custody by detectives in Long Beach. All four were individually booked for robbery.
The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on May 9, 2019, and felony robbery charges were filed on all four defendants.
On June 3, 2019, detectives were notified the victim succumbed to his injuries. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner was notified and is conducting a separate investigation into the death of the victim. The victim is only being identified as a 50-year-old resident of Long Beach, pending notification to next of kin.
On June 10, 2019, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office provided detectives with an amended complaint to include the following counts:
We urge anyone with any information to contact Long Beach Police Department Robbery Detectives Nancy Mora and Fermin Gonzalez at (562) 570-7464. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.