LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two suspected gang members charged in the robbery and murder of an off-duty Los Angeles police officer will remain in federal custody without bond, a judge ruled Friday.
Officer Fernando Arroyos, 27, was fatally shot around 9:15 p.m. Monday in an unincorporated area of southern Los Angeles County that is in the territory of the Florencia 13 (F13) gang.
The suspects allegedly attacked him for two silver chains or necklaces around his neck, authorities said Thursday as they announced federal charges against three suspected gang members and one associate.
Authorities said Arroyos was shopping for a house with his girlfriend when a pickup truck pulled up. Several suspects got out, an argument ensued, and shots were exchanged between the assailants and the officer. Arroyos was shot; his girlfriend was not injured.
The defendants are charged with violent crimes in support of organized crime because the crimes were allegedly committed in support of the gang, authorities said.
The suspects are alleged gang members Luis Alfredo De La Rosa Rios, 29, known as “Lil J”; Ernesto Cisneros, 22, known as “Gonzo” and Jesse Contreras, 34, known as “Skinny Jack” and “Flaco.” Ríos’s girlfriend, Haylee Marie Grisham, 18, is considered a member of the gang.
Rios and Contreras were being held without bond on Friday and are scheduled to return to federal court on Jan. 28, according to the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.
His attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday night.
Grisham is expected to appear in court on Tuesday. Cisneros is in hospitals for injuries sustained during the attack and it is not known when he will be in court. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.
All four were arrested Wednesday.
Rios and Cisneros are the defendants who allegedly robbed and shot Arroyos and his girlfriend, but all four suspects were at the scene and involved in the crime, authorities said.
Florencia 13 is a Latino street gang founded in the early 1950s and based in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles, according to a federal affidavit. The violent group controls drug trafficking in the area and is allegedly supervised by the Mexican Mafia.