On May 1, 2023, at approximately 12:14 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of East 17th Street regarding a male subject yelling for help.
Upon arrival, officers located a male adult victim complaining of chest pain after being involved in a physical altercation with his roommate. Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and rendered medical aid to the victim who ultimately died at the scene.
Homicide Detectives responded to the scene to investigate the incident. Through their preliminary investigation, detectives discovered the victim and the suspect lived together and were involved in a physical altercation with each other inside their residence prior to officers arriving on scene. When officers arrived on scene, they contacted the victim who appeared to be having difficulty breathing and paramedics were immediately requested. When speaking with the victim, the victim told officers he had chest pain. Long Beach Fire Department Personnel arrived on scene and rendered medical aid to the victim for several minutes before determining the victim deceased at the scene.
An investigator from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner office arrived on scene to collect the body and determined the victim sustained injuries to his upper body consistent with being involved in a physical altercation.
Detectives believe the altercation between the victim and the suspect was over money, however the investigation is ongoing.
The suspect who remained on scene has been identified as Obed Placencia-Garcia, a 34-year-old resident of the City of Long Beach. Obed-Placencia-Garcia was transported to the Long Beach City Jail, where he was booked for murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail. Detectives will present their case later this week to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for filing consideration.
The victim has been identified as Miguel Colin Garduno, a 64-year-old resident of the City of Long Beach.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Homicide Detectives Leticia Gamboa or Oscar Valenzuela 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