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Police Release Name of Suspect Arrested in Israel Cervantes Shooting

The suspect has been identified by police as 24-year-old Omar Gutierrez.

Police have released the name of the suspect who was last week arrested for the Sept. 17 killing of 26-year-old Israel Cervantes near the Highland Park Goldline Station on Marmion Way.

The suspect is 24-year-old Omar Gutierrez, who was arrested on Tuesday Sept. 18 by LAPD Northeast officers and charged with homicide the following day in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to LAPD Homicide Unit Detective M. Miyakawa. 

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Gutierrez is being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Chinatown. His bail is set at $1 million.

Gutierrez is next due in court on Oct. 1.

According to police reports, Cervantes was fatally wounded near the Highland Park Gold Line station on Marmion Way at around 2 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

Police do not believe that the shooting was gang-related.

luis ridriguez September 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Free omar
HLPSUCKS September 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
wtf?are these people serious???they have the wrong guy!!!omg...
David Fonseca (Editor) September 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Luis and HLP, email me at david.fonseca@patch.com if you have more info you want to share.
El Cid September 25, 2012 at 03:15 AM
If Omar has a solid alibi, a lawyer, not public defender, and private investigator; Omar does not have a thing to worry about! Justice for Israel Cervantes! HP rocks!
ali sanchez September 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Nothing beats an eye witness. Why the he'll did Omar bring out a gun.? Why did he even have one? Against an unarmed man? If you kill someone, you should go to jail!
jazmine September 25, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Free Omar?!?! Dude he took a life!!! I hope he gets what he deserves!!!!
jazmine September 25, 2012 at 03:33 PM
^^^^^^^ I agree with Ali Sanchez
Nelaxlll September 25, 2012 at 08:48 PM
All you people act like you where there..nothing but damn RATAS ..free the primo Omar.. Much love..my respects to the Cervantes family...
El Cid September 26, 2012 at 05:27 AM
What do you mean by "RATAS?" One would infer that there is truth to what is being stated of Mr. Omar Gutierrez by the statement. I would hope that in 2012, HP residents would do the RIGHT THING and come forward when a terrible wrong is done to mankind. In this case, Mr. Israel Cervantes. A life is priceless and we have a responsibility to respect and care enough to "RAT" out anyone who does harm to our fellow neighbors.
Jess Vargas September 26, 2012 at 04:23 PM
JUSTICE FOR ISRAEL PERIOD!!!
Tripps September 26, 2012 at 04:26 PM
@ pedro no one likes a RAT!!! Remember the police are not your friend.. Dont be decived with promises of anonymity, protection and rewards. They will say and do anything to make you SNITCH.. Then destroy your life..now i dont know where you come from but thats a big NO NO...
Cerro Gordo September 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
So, were you there? Seriously asking. What is it that we all don't know? What proof do you have? If the cops got this whole thing wrong, please explain why. No one wants to see an innocent person go to jail.
Cerro Gordo September 26, 2012 at 04:43 PM
So what is the other side of the story? All I'm seeing is "he didn't do it" and calling people "rats". Please explain in some detail. Why do the LAPD have the wrong guy? How do you KNOW that Omar is innocent? Nobody wants to see an innocent person go to jail.
El Cid September 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM
My little world is HP - home grown! I can sympathize with your concern of the trustworthiness of LAPD, historically its past and current reputation are questionable at times! You may probably be right - once a person takes the witness stand their life may forever change for the better or worse! However, there is a moral and ethical obligation of being a human being that instinctively should drive the individual to do the right thing! To seek a monetary reward should not be the motivation. It's sad if that's what motivates people to do the right thing! If more people stood up and did the right thing - there would be NO need for protection. If I ever happen to be an eyewitness, I have NO problem raising my hand to testify. Now, I would like you to close your eyes and think of a loved one. Maybe a parent, or sibling, or a child. If some person gunned down your loved one, wouldn't you want someone to come forward and tell what they saw? Put yourself in this possible scenario. You have been blessed, I hope to not have experienced such pain. Knock on wood, I have not experienced what Israel Cervantes's family is now struggling to cope with this painful reality. You call it "snitching" - I call it TRUTH! You call it being a "Rat" - I call it being HONEST and COURAGEOUS! And If Omar Gutierrez has an alibi - he has NOTHING to worry about.
Wayne Turner September 26, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I have personally spoken to Capt. Murphy and I believe him to be sincere in his efforts to make HLP a safe place for everyone. BUT I have experienced first hand the INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT by the Northeast Homicide Detectives Jose Carrillo , Harorld Dicorce and Lisa Governo. My son was convicted of a murder that All Highland Park knows that he didn't do. Whats sad about it is that 4 phone calls came into the police station naming the real killer and the Northeast Detectives didn't question or interview this person.I studied all the evidence associated with this case. It was established in court that Lisa Gorveno withheld information as to the innocence of my son.These same Officers arrested the wrong guy for the Dodger Stadium Beating. The DA withheld information about the payment of 3 witnesses from the defense One witness was PAID $5.000, 1st. TRIAL ended 10 NOT Guilty -2 Guilty.Eyewitnesses give a description of a suspect being 5'5 shave head, stocky build and a "LATINO MALE. My son is 5'10 slender and AFRO AMERICAN male, with a Mole on his lip almost the size of a dime. I was contacted by the family of a man named David "Anthony' Dominguez who was arrested in 1997 and these 2 case are similar and have Detective Jose Carrillo at the center. The Northeast LAPD have Systematically Secured Convictions Against Innocent People. Someone said that "No One Would Get Involved Until It Happened To Them". http://www.causes.com/actions/1676940#comments .
Wayne Turner September 26, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Mr. Paramo that is not true. My son had a Solid Alibi and he was still convicted and sentenced to 90yrs for something he did not do.The crime happened at 12:23PM here in HLP. My son was signed in at his probation officers office(Eastlake) at 1:01 PM for a random drug test. His probation officer testified that if there was anything of of the character of my son that he would of done something. In fact he testified that my son was released from probation early because of his good behavior. No way is a 16yr old boy going to go and shoot and kill someone and the go and sit in front of an Authority Figure without any emotion unless he was a Cold Blooded Psychopathic Killer. My son has No History of Violence. So don't tell me that if he has a solid alibi that there's nothing to worry about. I hope after you read the Petition letter that you would sign it and send it to all your friends. http://www.causes.com/actions/1676940#comments .
Nimby pimp September 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM
@Paramo. Well said.
Jimmy Hawks September 28, 2012 at 01:59 AM
R.i.p my good ol friend Israel.
ELGATONEGRO September 28, 2012 at 09:30 AM
THATS RIGHT HLP IS THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF!!! JUSTICE FOR CHEERIO AND HIS FAMILLY!!
ELGATONEGRO September 28, 2012 at 09:32 AM
BE A SOLUTION AND DONT ADD TO THE PROBLEM!!! A RATA IS OUT DATED THINK OF YOUR OWN FAMILLY!!! FEEL YOUR CHEST IS THERE A BEAT???
ELGATONEGRO September 28, 2012 at 09:36 AM
YES SIR.. ILL DIME YOU OUT. DONT MIND BEIN LABELED A RATA!!! YOU LAME CHOLOS DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT YOUR FIGHTING FOR ANYMORE!! BEFORE IT WAS FOR A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, SOMEWHERE WHERE YOU WOULDNT BE DISCRIMINATED BY OTHER PEOPLE.... YOU GUYS GOT IT ALL TWISTED!!!!
ELGATONEGRO September 28, 2012 at 09:41 AM
TRIPPS!!! WERE SPEAKING OF A LIFE THAT WAS DESTROYED!!!!! IM TIRED OF THIS S..T!! IVE LOST TOO MANY CLOSE FRIENDS TO THESE CALLES I ONCE CALLED HOME!! END THE MIERDA NOW!!! YA BASTA CON PINCHES CHOLOS!!! BRING YOUR COMMUNITY UP BROTHER STOP SELF HATRED DEAD IN ITS TRACKS!!! FOR YOUR KIDS, FOR MY KIDS, Y PA TODOS!!
ELGATONEGRO September 28, 2012 at 09:48 AM
MR. TURNER YOUR PROBLEM, AS I SEE IT LIES NOT WITH YOUR SON`S ALIBI BEING SOLID OR NOT, BUT WITH THIS INJUSTICE SYSTEM WE RELY ON!!! REFORM THE POLICE DEPT. GIVE EM A GRADING SCALE!!! I WANNA KNOW WHOS PATROLLING MY FORMER CALLES!!! THOUGHT EVER CROSS YOUR MIND IT HAVE A LIL SOMEN TO DO WITH RACIAL PROFILING???
oust90042 October 01, 2012 at 07:12 AM
And miss wayne turner i knew your son mathew turner we went to franklin high together and also monte vista elementrey always into sports good kid good kid
The MOG October 01, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I would like to ask that all like minded people, who are committed to love & understanding, & peace between peoples, to say a prayer...Pray that, even if just for today, that kindness & gentleness will reign over our neighborhoods, like a heavenly banner of love. Even if you don't believe in God, or the Christian Jesus; if you're athiest, or angnostic, or whatever, you still can manifest peaceful relations, & "righteousness" like a mighty stream", by just harboring those thoughts within your hearts, & committing yourselves to manifesting them in our environment. Please Lord, let peace reign in our hearts & in our neighborhoods. Bring justice to those who suffer under the heavy yoke of oppression, discrimination, indiffirence, & official corruption. Be the truth out in the open Lord, & punish the guilty. We thank you, God, Oh Creator of All Things, Father of All Spirits, for all the gifts Mother Nature bestows upon the Earth. Give us the eyes & minds, to see & appreciate the beauty & joy that is all around us...Amen. "Making fools of everybody, who don't understand..." -This Is Love, George Harrison.
Brian-S!!! October 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I knew Israel for many years and will truely miss him knowing I can't visit or phone him when I visit the area where he&Mondo were my neighbors for many years!and consider myself fortunate to have been able to see him and hug him 5-days before the tragedy and tell him goodbye for the timebeing since I moved from that area.I Love&Miss you my friend/BRIAN-S!!!
SuperNova October 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Israel Cervantes was a troubled soul and everyone knew it! Sometimes people need to go back and start over again....He just wasn't getting it. RIP Israel. Free Omar!
Nedercutt October 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Kill this Omar. Walking Latino shit stain on society...

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