1/6/2016 UPDATE: Long Beach Police were notified that Victim David Garcia, 39 years old and a resident of Long Beach, succumbed to his injuries on January 3, 2016. Murder charges against Defendant Rangel are pending. He remains in custody.
Original News Release:
On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, charges were filed against a Long Beach man after he assaulted and critically injured another Long Beach man after involved in a dispute.
On June 21, 2015, at approximately 4:50 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a battery call at an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Ohio Avenue. When officers arrived, they discovered a 39-year-old man who had sustained blunt force injuries to the upper body. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
The suspect, identified as 57-year-old Riccardo Rangel, remained at the scene and was arrested shortly after the incident. Due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, Homicide detectives became involved in the investigation. Through that investigation, detectives learned that the victim and suspect knew one another, and became involved in a dispute which escalated into the assault. Neither the victim nor suspect lived at the location.
Detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for review. The District Attorney’s office filed one count of attempt murder, and one count of assault with a deadly weapon against Rangel, who is being held on $1,030,000 bail at the L.A. County Men’s Jail. He is expected for his next court appearance on July 9th.
Anyone with further information on this case is asked to contact Homicide Detectives Greg Krabbe and Mark Mattia at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting LACrimeStoppers.org.