Today, Long Beach Police Homicide detectives presented two murder cases involving the same suspect to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.
On November 1, 2016, at approximately 2:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting in the 600 block of 9th Street. Arriving officers found a victim, later identified as 18-year-old Manuel Arechiga of Long Beach, with a gunshot injury to his upper torso. Long Beach Fire Department personnel determined the victim deceased at the scene.
On November 5, 2016, at approximately 9:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Spaulding Street regarding a shooting. Arriving officers located a victim, later identified as 26-year-old Elijah Brown of Long Beach, with a gunshot injury to the upper torso. Long Beach Fire Department personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Through the course of the investigations, including the examination of evidence from both scenes and witness statements, detectives were able to identify the suspect.
On November 11, 2016, Long Beach Police arrested 36-year-old Jorge Omar Chavez of Long Beach, at a residence in Long Beach.
Today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed two counts of murder against Chavez for the murders of Manuel Arechiga and Elijah Brown with special circumstances. Chavez is being held without bail at the Long Beach City Jail.
The investigations remain ongoing. Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Homicide Detail at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.