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The fourth suspect wanted for murdering a security guard at a medical marijuana dispensary on La Brea Avenue in October 2008 was arrested on March 6 at a residence in Inglewood.
Investigators received an anonymous tip last Friday that the suspect, 27-year-old Brandon Daniels, was hiding at a friend’s residence. Daniels was taken into custody without incident around 1:15am on Saturday, according to Det. Frank Carrillo, of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division.
“We had been receiving tips that he was still out there, and when we have a known gang member who is running around on the streets of L.A. and he has been involved in a murder, it does make it a great urgency for us.”
Daniels was one of four suspects who allegedly robbed the La Brea Collective at 812 S. La Brea Ave. on October 1, 2008, and shot and killed security guard Noe Gonzalez when he tried to intervene. Two of the suspects, Lovie Matthews and Leon Banks, were arrested as they attempted to flee the dispensary. Daniels and another suspect, David Gardiner, escaped and remained at large. Gardiner was arrested last summer after an anonymous tip led police to a hotel in Inglewood where he was staying.
Carrillo described all of the suspects as members of the Rollin’ 30s street gang, which is based in South Los Angeles. He said the suspects have a long criminal history, and that Daniels was able to evade capture by moving frequently between different locations.
“There were people who we believe knew where he was, but were not comfortable about coming forward because of the fear in the community,” Carrillo added.
The four suspects have been charged with one count of murder, one count of second degree attempted murder, one count of second degree robbery, and one count of commercial burglary. The charges also carry the allegation that the crimes were committed to further the interests of a gang, which can increase the length of prison sentences, according to Jane Robison, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson.
Daniels was arraigned on Monday, and is currently being held in the Men’s Central Jail without bail. Gardiner is scheduled to have a new arraignment on Friday, and is also being held without bail. Banks and Matthews have been in custody since their arrest on October 1, 2008 and have had previous preliminary court hearings, but are scheduled to have a second arraignment on April 2. Both are being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
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