The southbound Hollywood (101) Freeway was shut down for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon while sheriff’s deputies searched for a Long Beach homicide suspect, but the suspect avoided capture.
Steven Manzo, 23, of Hawaiian Gardens was charged earlier in the day with the July 26, 2018 murder of Salvador Corrales, 24, according to Long Beach police. But the case was erroneously dismissed and Manzo was released from jail, which led to the search near downtown, CBS2 reported.
The southbound Hollywood Freeway was shut down from 3:44 p.m. until 4:55 p.m. when the search was called off, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Manzo had been arrested Friday near his home, police said.
Murder charges were also filed against Edity Gonzalez, 33, of Hawaiian Gardens who is alleged to have been present when the shooting occurred and aided Manzo, police said. She was already in custody at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Los Angeles for serving a sentence for unrelated charges.
Long Beach officers found evidence of a shooting but no victim at 9:05 p.m. July 26, 2018 when they were dispatched to a call of shots fired in the 6700 block of Cherry Avenue.
Corrales’ body was later found inside a vehicle in the 5800 block of Florence Avenue in Bell Gardens and evidence linked the shots fired in Long Beach with the death of Corrales, police said.