4th man sought in murder of LA County deputy

The blankociated Press
April 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a fourth man in the suspected gang-related murder of a county sheriff’s deputy.

Investigators declined to say if Deputy Juan Escalante was targeted for his police work or was a random victim of gang violence. They say all four suspects have ties to the Avenues gang.

The 27-year-old deputy was shot in the back of the head early Aug. 2 in front of his parents’ home in Cypress Park. He was putting a car seat in the family’s vehicle.

The district attorney’s office said Wednesday the fugitive suspect is 26-year-old Armando Albarran. The murder charge carries special circumstances that could bring the death penalty.

Three other men have pleaded not guilty to murder.

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