LAPD Officer Slain went home to protect his community
LAPD Officer Slain went home to protect his community

Los Angeles police officer on duty Fernando Uriel Arroyos and his girlfriend were shopping for a home in LA’s unincorporated Florence-Firestone neighborhood around 9 p.m. on January 10, a short walk from where Arroyos attended High School Crenshaw is about 8 km.

Arroyos, 27, wanted a house big enough for his mother to stay with the couple and close enough – but not so close he could run into troublemakers from the old neighborhood or the nearby Olympic patrol – so the third year officer can still serve the area where he grew up.

Three gang members and a woman who had lived in that neighborhood were also shopping that day – the victims of the robbery, authorities said.

The woman, identified as Haylee Marie Grisham, the girlfriend of one of the gang members, dressed herself in new clothes and shoes purchased from a robbery about 19 hours earlier, according to a criminal complaint filed state.

As Luis Alfredo de los Rosa Rios drove his black pickup down E. 87th Street, he noticed jewelry around Arroyos’ neck.

“He’s got a nice necklace, get it,” Rios said, according to Grisham.

The gang members confronted Arroyos and his girlfriend. After exchanging gunfire, the lawsuit says, Arroyos ran to an alley where he collapsed. The attackers drove away, one of them was shot and another was injured by other means.

Arroyos later died of a gunshot wound.

Rios, 29, Grisham, 18, Ernesto Cisneros, 22, Jesse Contreras, 34, were arrested Wednesday, charged with violence in support of fraud – committing a crime to profit a business . Federal court costs impose a minimum penalty of life in prison without parole. They could face the death penalty because the murder occurred during a robbery.

Rios and Contreras appeared in US District Court in Los Angeles on Friday and were ordered to be held without bond. Cisneros, who was still hospitalized, and Grisham did not show up.

Such prosecutions are usually heard in state courts. But LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva took the case to federal agency after he said he had consulted with the District Attorney’s Office, which he criticized for not seeking ways to increase sentencing in gang-related cases. .

“I believe their plan was to prosecute a simple no-gun, no-gang murder,” said Villanueva, which could lead to a sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted, Villanueva said. at a press conference on Thursday.

Alex Bastian, a spokesman for District Attorney George Gascón, said Friday that Gascón’s office supports the DOJ’s handling of the case but Gascón has not had a chance to review it.

Go out to ‘make money’

The complaint, a sworn affidavit, was written by an FBI agent who interviewed defendants, witnesses, prison informants and law enforcement officers and reviewed surveillance video.

The US Department of Justice, which is prosecuting the case, has long been familiar with the multigenerational, predominantly Latino gang that was founded in the LA area in the early 1950s.

Rios said he was driving his truck, with Grisham, his girlfriend of the past year, in the front passenger seat, Contreras in the back and Cisneros behind Grisham. Rios says that it was Contreras’ idea to grab Arroyos’ necklace. Rios said Contreras gave him a gun. Rios said he took his girlfriend Arroyos’ walking stick and searched her while Cisneros took Arroyos’ wallet with $100 in it.

Rios said he opened fire at least once and that he believes Cisneros also fired at Arroyos. Arroyos also opened fire, leaving a hole in Rios’ white hooded sweatshirt and a wound in his chest. Contreras confessed to a police informant in his cell that he gave the gun to someone in the pickup truck, the lawsuit said.

According to Grisham, when Cisneros returned to the pickup truck at 1712 E. 87th Street, he said he broke his leg. Surveillance video then shows Cisneros being lifted out of the truck at another location.

Ten minutes after the shooting, the Sheriff’s Department received a report that shots had been fired. Deputies found Arroyos injured and took him to St. Francis in Lynwood, where he was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Arroyos’ black double-sided wallet with his identification inside and two silver chains, one with a pendant.

The first family to graduate from college

Arroyos always sit on the far left of the second row in the Olympic Division meeting room. The empty chair now has a placard on the back with his name on it, the first day of work, December 26, 2018 and the last day, January 10. It includes the Bible verse Matthew- At 5:9 that a supervisor, Lieutenant Rex Ingram, is said to be special to Arroyos:

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.”

It was a fitting tribute to an officer of rare humility and devotion, said Ingram, who was often the first to arrive at roll call and always with a smile on his face.

Ingram first noticed him when reading one of his reports.

Ingram, a 16-year veteran of the force, said: “I immediately realized that his writing abilities far surpassed those of his colleagues and supervisors. “I was amazed at the way he wrote and I asked where he went to school and he said LAUSD. I think he is BS for me. I said where did you really go? ”

Arroyos replied, “With all due respect, sir, I have come to Cal Berkeley.”

Arroyos attended the prestigious university with two goals, Ingram said. The first in his family to graduate from college and become an LAPD officer. Ingram asked Arroyos why, with his law degree, he chose the LAPD over practicing law or the FBI.

“Sir, I want to protect and serve my community,” Arroyos replied.

Tackling auto theft is central in the 6-square-mile area of ​​200,000 residents, and Arroyos worked hard to get thieves off the streets and into their homes.

“That was his niche. He was very good at it. Ingram says his motivation is unparalleled among his peers. “He forgot about himself and came to work every day without looking for a reward or praise.”

For those reasons, Ingram used Arroyos as an example for other officers, even before his death.

“He came to the job to serve with all his heart. That is exactly what we want in our partners,” said Ingram. “The sky is the limit for him.”

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