Police make arrest in double-homicide

DOWNEY – Downey police have arrested a man in connection with a double homicide that occurred in front of a taco restaurant in Downey last year. Henry Gutierrez, 34, of San Bernardino, was arrested Aug. 8 at the Downey Police Department, authorities announced Wednesday.

The killings occurred at 2 a.m. on March 17, 2013, after a fight in the parking lot of George’s Bar spilled onto the street.

Witnesses said one of the men involved in the fight pulled a handgun and shot both victims outside Tacos Mexico, located at 7852 Florence Avenue.

Isaac Perez, 31, and Raymond Contreras, 34, died at local hospitals.

“During the course of the investigation detectives were able to identify a suspect believed to be involved in the murder,” Downey Police officials said in a news release. “A case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and after careful consideration, two counts of murder were filed on suspect Henry Gutierrez...He was booked for murder warrants and transported to Los Angeles County Jail for housing.”

Police said there are no other outstanding suspects.

Anyone with additional information about the homicides is asked to call Detective Del Rio at (562) 904-2324 or Detective Galindo at (562) 904-2330.



Published: Aug. 14, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 18