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Highland Park 7-Eleven Homicide Suspect Reportedly a Parolee

19-year-old Rasheem Childs might have been released early through the state prison realignment program.

Photo courtest of the LAPD Media Relations Section.
Photo courtest of the LAPD Media Relations Section.

By City News Service

A suspect in the fatal shooting of a 7-Eleven clerk in Highland Park might be a parolee released through the state's 2011 initiative to reduce California's prison population, it was reported Wednesday.

Rasheem Childs, 19, is named in a felony complaint as a suspect in the killing of Gonzalo Garcia, 31, who was gunned down on the night of Dec. 22 during a robbery of the business at 5138 N. Figueroa St., CBS2 reported. 

A source told a CBS2/KCAL9 reporter that Childs might have been released early through California's controversial AB 109 prison realignment program.

Childs was arrested last year for a felony in Compton and, within months, was back on the streets, CBS2 reported. The Los Angeles Police Department could not immediately confirm the report.

In the days after the crime, the LAPD released photos and descriptions of two men wanted for the fatal shooting. The felony complaint names Childs as a suspect in the killing as well as a string of armed robberies that included stores in Lincoln Heights and Boyle Heights.

impoundguy January 09, 2014 at 08:08 PM
WOW what a surprise an "early release" Parolee responsible. Who would have thought!! This is really working well so they can make more room in jail for more POS instead of keeping the POS they all ready have in jail. So where is Jessie, Al and Maxine's usual outrage?...but of course this is just some poor Hispanic guy "working" to make a living "lawfully" to support his family, so it's probably not worth their comment....when it's Blacks killing other minorities it's nothing but deafening silence ....nice double standard.
Dog Bites January 09, 2014 at 08:14 PM
@jayres, show me some stats and proof that locking criminals up will eliminate crime. Please, people like you talk all this "tough on crime" rhetoric but lose focus on whats the origin of crime. A criminal is not born a criminal!
Dog Bites January 09, 2014 at 08:28 PM
@impoundguy, first of all, you aren't any better if your impounding vehicles for a living. Most tow guys are POS anyways. And also, Latinos in Highland Park are not minorities. We are the Majority!! One last thing, people with no criminal record can still commit crime, they just haven't been caught.
Margarito Martinez January 18, 2014 at 03:46 PM
There are too many people people doing time that shouldn't be. Taking up space for the people that should be locked up. Mandatory sentences is a big reason, but only one reason. the prison industry that exploded in the 1990's. The situation is almost unworkable... like everything else is L.A., and CA in general
impoundguy January 18, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Dog Bites: Just to keep the record straight I don't impound vehicles for a living....and those that do are probably taking them for good cause. That being said...your right people without criminal records do commit crime....however those who have already committed a crime and have been caught, done time and are released go out and do it again, more times then not!

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