Police: Forensic Evidence Tied USC Murder Suspects to Earlier Crimes
Melissa Pamer and Samantha Tata (NBCLA) | May 19, 2012
Early in the investigation into the killing of two USC graduate students, Los Angeles police found evidence that led investigators to believe the deaths were linked to two earlier attempted murders, Chief Charlie Beck said.
Two suspects were arrested Friday in the April 11 shooting deaths of Ying Wu and Ming Qu, a new development in a case that generated international attention because of the brutal nature of the crimes and because the students were from China.
The case also focused attention on the Los Angeles Police Department and security around the campus of the University of Southern California, which is southwest of downtown LA.
Bryan Barnes, 20, from South LA and Javier Bolden, 19, of Palmdale, were arrested Friday, Beck said in a press conference.
The pair, whom Beck described has having minor records, were booked with no bail on suspicion of murder into 77th Street Station Jail. They are expected to make their first court appearance Tuesday.
During a press conference on Friday night, Beck mentioned both material and forensic evidence linking the suspects to the shooting of Wu and Qu, which he said is still being investigated as a “street robbery.” Beck provided few details.
“Material evidence … directly linked our victims to both suspects,” he said.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that one of the victim’s cell phones had been tracked to the suspect.