An ex-con was charged Thursday with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in North Hollywood and killing a man who tried to intervene in a dispute between the two.
Shane Winfield Rayment, 37, of Tujunga, is set to be arraigned June 30 at the Van Nuys courtrhouse on one count each of murder, kidnapping, making criminal threats, injuring a girlfriend, first-degree residential burglary with a person present and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The criminal complaint alleges that Rayment has three prior convictions — two for drug offenses in 2017 and 2018 and one for possession of personal identifying information of another person.
Roberto Conjeo Fletes, 42, of North Hollywood, was fatally shot Sunday afternoon in the 11300 block of Hatteras Street when he tried to intervene in a dispute involving Rayment and his ex-girlfriend, Jenny Marie Downes, authorities said. He died at a hospital.
Rayment allegedly then forced the 31-year-old woman into a vehicle and fled the scene with her, according to a police crime alert.
Rayment was arrested about 5 p.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop of a vehicle in Hemet in Riverside County. Downes was in the vehicle with him and was “battered and bruised, but alive,” according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.
LAPD officers traveled to Hemet to interview Rayment and to escort Downes back home.
“Downes’ injuries were not life-threatening,” according to the LAPD’s statement. “She agreed to seek medical attention on her own should the need arise at a future date.”
In a statement announcing the charges, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said, “It’s especially tragic when a good Samaritan becomes a victim. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family. Mr. Fletes will always be remembered for his heroic actions on behalf of another.”
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