Thursday, October 9, 2008

Murder On The Freeway

Early this morning a man was shot and killed while riding a motorcycle on a connector road between the 210 and 2 freeways.

From the Daily News:

Manuel Vincent Martin, 32, of Venice Beach was shot about 2 a.m. while riding his motorcycle on the connector road linking the eastbound Foothill and southbound Glendale freeways, authorities said.

Firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers found Martin's motorcycle in the bushes along the connector and his body nearby.

Police questioned a shirtless motorcyclist with a large tattoo on his back that said "Mongols" - likely referring to the Mongols Motorcycle Club, a motorcycle gang founded in Montebello in the 1970s.

The connector roads linking the 210 and 2 freeways were shut down, along with the Foothill Boulevard on-ramp to the southbound 2, clogging roadways during the morning commute.

More coverage:
Glendale News-Press
LA Times
Google News

This is the fourth homicide in Glendale so far this year. The News-Press article summarizes the others:
The last homicide occurred May 30 on the 600 block of West Stocker Street.

Yvette Hakopian, 36, of Glendale was found strangled to death inside her home. Her ex-boyfriend, Grigor Grigoryan, was later arrested and charged in connection with her death.

On May 17, Hayk Torosyan, 30, of Glendale was stabbed to death by Avetis Barnasyan, 24, during a physical altercation in the Del Taco parking lot at 2101 W. Glenoaks Blvd.

Barnasyan was not charged with Torosyan’s death because police ruled that he had acted in self-defense. The year’s first homicide was that of 20-month-old Mikea Lim.

The baby was taken off life support in March after she was found to be brain-dead from severe head injuries allegedly sustained at her grandparents’ home in Glendale.

Her mother, Anna Regina Lim, was charged with murder.

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