Boyfriend Of Debs Park Murder Victim Detained For Questioning, Neighbor Says
Police have detained several people in connection with the murder of two teenage girls whose bodies were discovered in Debs Park last month.
Police served search warrants in numerous locations today, as well as detained multiple people this morning at 5:30 a.m. at a residence in the 3400 block of Galena St. in Montecito Heights, not far from where the bodies of 19-year-old Gabriela Calzada and 17-year-old Briana Gallegos were found, City News Service reports. Neighbors said that at least three people were detained, and that of them was the boyfriend of Calzada.
LAPD Cmd. Andrew Smith said that the people have been detained for questioning, not arrested, and that they are not being considered suspects or persons of interest at this time. LAPD Lt. Sam Arase said that the search warrants may also include DNA swabbing, KTLA reports. Dozens of officers reported to the scene this morning, and footage from a KTLA news helicopter showed a man in a white shirt being led out of the house in handcuffs.
LAPD Capt. Martin Baeza said that the warrants were served because "there was a connection in the relationships to individuals knowing each other, and we believe that their relationships will lead us to some additional information."
The bodies of the women were discovered on October 28 in Debs Park by a woman walking her dog. Authorities believe the cause of death was significant trauma to the head, KPCC reports. The women were discovered fully clothed and there was no indication that either was sexually assaulted.
A woman who knew the teens said that Gallegos and Calzada were friends, and Calzada was preparing to begin training as a firefighter.