On Friday, November 21, 2014, Long Beach Police arrested 19-year old Ricardo Gonzalez of West Covina and 18-year-old Carlos Alexis Escalante of Long Beach in connection with two shootings in North Long Beach. Officers stopped Gonzalez and Escalante when they were driving in a vehicle together. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a quantity of drugs and a gun, which led to additional drugs and weapons charges.
Detectives believe the two are responsible for the May 26, 2014, murder of Enrique Lopez in the 2800 block of E. 65th Street and the attempted murder of four additional individuals who were standing near the victim when the shooting occurred. The suspects were also charged with attempted murder for their involvement in a shooting that occurred on October 23, 2014, in the area of Artesia Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue. Both incidents are believed to be gang related.
Long Beach Homicide Detectives in collaboration with Gang Investigations Section Detectives presented their cases to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. On November 25, 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney filed the following charges against both suspects:
Gonzalez and Escalante are being held at Los Angeles County Jail.
The investigation remains on going. Anyone with information regarding these crimes is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detective Hugo Cortes at (562) 570-7244. 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 .