Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
2/19/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
Subject:
*UPDATE* MURDER INVESTIGATION ARRESTS - MAGNOLIA AVENUE AND ANAHEIM STREET
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UPDATE 2/19/21:

On Feb. 18, 2021, the Long Beach Police Department coordinated a multi-location operation related to the Dec. 4, 2020 murder of 36-year-old Alejandra Elizabeth Martinez.

Special Investigation Division detectives, along with the assistance of our Directed Enforcement Teams, served three search warrants at the following locations:

  • 700 block of E 6th Street
  • 1000 block of Chestnut Avenue
  • 2000 block of Pacific Avenue

The following arrests were made in connection to the murder:

  • Jacquise Wright, a 31-year-old resident of Long Beach, was arrested near his residence. He was booked for murder and is currently being held on $2,000,000 bail in the Long Beach City Jail.
  • Tyquan Benson, a 25-year-old resident of Long Beach, was arrested in the City of Compton. He was booked for murder and is currently being held on $2,000,000 bail in the Long Beach City Jail.

Through their investigation, detectives believe the Dec. 4, 2020 incident was regarding a gang-related dispute that escalated into a shooting. Detectives also believe the victim was not the intended target. Detectives anticipate presenting the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office next week for filing consideration.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Donald Collier or Leticia Gamboa at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.



Original News Release 12/5/20:
On Dec. 4, 2020, at approximately 11:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Magnolia Ave. and Anaheim St. regarding a reported shooting, which resulted in the death of a female adult. 

The attention of arriving officers was directed toward a juvenile female and an adult female suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers performed life-saving measures until The Long Beach Fire Department arrived on scene and transported both victims to a local hospital. The adult victim suffered a gunshot wound to her upper torso and succumbed to the injury at the hospital. The juvenile victim sustained gunshot wounds to the upper torso and was later released from the hospital. 

The preliminary investigation revealed several people were in a parking lot adjacent to the intersection and purchasing food from a mobile food vendor. The suspect, who also purchased food, verbally confronted a group waiting for their food, which consisted of males, females, adults, and juveniles. The suspect then produced a handgun and fired several rounds toward the group. An unidentified person in the parking lot returned fire from a firearm. The shooting is being investigated as gang related. 

The murder victim has been identified as 36-year-old Long Beach resident Alejandra Martinez. Martinez has no gang affiliation and is believed to be an unintended target of the suspect. 

The suspect was described by witnesses as a Black male adult in his late twenties who was last seen driving a sedan northbound on Magnolia Avenue.

Due to the recent increase in gang-related shootings and firearm assaults, the Long Beach Police Department will assign additional officers to reduce gun violence through high visibility patrols and enforcement in the areas impacted by these crimes. 

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Donald Collier or Leticia Gamboa at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visitingwww.lacrimestoppers.org.