Long Beach police Friday announced the arrests of three teenage gang members for their alleged involvement in two murders and at least one attempted murder, along with the arrests of nine other suspects for various crimes.
The arrests were made in connection with a multi-agency investigation into gang-related crimes committed between Nov. 21 and Feb. 4, said Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna.
Dubbed “Operation Broken Hearts,” the investigation was led by Long Beach police detectives, assisted by personnel from the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Los Angeles County parole officers.
Authorities served warrants at about two dozen locations in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Norwalk and Paramount, Luna said.
Two teenage boys, one 15 and the other 17, were booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder; and another 17-year-old boy was booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
The three teens, whose names were not released because they are underage, are members of the same gang and were on probation at the time of their arrests, Luna said. All three are being held without bail.
Also arrested were nine adults for various crimes that include firearms and drug violations, police said.
Investigators believe the suspects generally targeted rival gangs or people connected with other gangs, and that some victims may have been hit by stray gunfire, Luna said.
Details of the crimes were not immediately available.