A 17-year-old boy accused, along with two men already in custody, in the death of a Downey resident during a home invasion robbery was arrested Tuesday and booked on suspicion of murder, police announced.
The teen, an Anaheim resident whose name was withheld because of his age, was taken to a juvenile detention center, police said.
Officers sent about 11:15 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 10300 block of Lesterford Avenue were told that men were seen running from the area, according to Downey police Sgt. Terry Goeckner.
A witness saw two suspects contact the homeowner near the side door and force him back into his home, police said. The witness said a third person entered the home during the robbery.
The officers gave chase and apprehended Henry Willie Sao, 28, of Long Beach and Paul Darvis Misikei, 19, of Anaheim, but the teenage suspect got away, Goeckner said.
They found the victim dead — the cause of death has not been released — upon entering the residence. Detectives believe he was “deliberately targeted,” Lt. Alex Irizabal said.
Neighbors said 59-year-old Jim Rudometkin was a well-liked local Realtor who had lived alone since the death of his father.
“Further information gathered during this investigation points to the victim being specifically targeted by the suspects,” police Lt. Alex Irizabal said. “We do not believe this was a random crime.”
–City News Service