LAPD Went To UCLA Student's Apartment Hours Before She Was Murdered
LAPD officers responded to a call at the home of murdered UCLA student Andrea DelVesco just hours before she was found dead in the apartment.The L.A. Times reports that several officers responded to a 911 call stating that a woman was heard screaming in the complex where DelVesco was found dead later that morning after a fire LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the Times that the officers' actions are now being investigated.
Dmitry Gorin, an attorney representing murder suspect Albert Medina, said that police documents turned over to him show that the officers responded to a report of a woman screaming at the apartment complex. According to Gorin, homicide detectives noted that they spoke to a couple residents of the complex who said they called police, reporting they'd heard screams before the fire broke out. But these records fail to indicate what actions the officers took when responding to the neighbors' call.
The LAPD is not commenting on the specifics of the 911 call, what time they arrived at the apartment, or what actions they took at the scene before they left.
"What they did at the location is the subject of the internal affairs investigation," Smith said.
On Sept. 21, more than two dozen firefighters responded to a massive fire at DelVesco's apartment on Roebling Avenue, blocks from the UCLA campus. When firefighters entered the complex, they found the 21-year-old UCLA student's body, who had been stabbed multiple times.
Albert Medina and Eric Marquez, both 22, were arrested last month on suspicion of DelVesco's murder, and are also charged with two counts of burglary. Medina is also charged with arson. According to the Times, a prosecutor told a judge during a court hearing last month that a surveillance video shows Medina wearing DelVesco's Snuggie that appears to be “covering up blood on his shirt” as he walked back to Marquez’s apartment, which was a few blocks from the scene.