Long Beach
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Long Beach, CA 90802
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On August 5, 2016, Jerome, Rueben Ortega, 19 year old resident of Lakewood, was arrested in connection with the murder of Nick Cubas. He is being held without bail in the LA County Men’s Jail. 

On August 25, 2016, 18-year-old Edgar Miguel Espinoza of Downey Ca, was arrested in San Diego for his involvement in the murder of Cubas. He was booked on a murder charge and is currently being held at the Long Beach Jail with no bail.

On August 4, 2016 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the area of Willow Street and the San Gabriel River, to assist Long Beach Fire personnel with a dead body, which did not appear to be from natural causes.

Upon arrival officers found the victims death was a possibly the result of a homicide. Homicide investigators responded and are conducting the investigation. Cause of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

The victim has been identified as Nick Cubas a 19 year old resident of Downey.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call Homicide Detectives at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/