Update 8/12/2020 at 4:50 p.m:
On August 12, 2020, at approximately 10:30 a.m., detectives located and arrested 33-year-old Jamal Darby near his residence in the 1200 block of West 57th Street in Los Angeles.
The arrest followed the discovery of evidence linking Darby to the July 24, 2020 murder, after the victim tried to prevent Darby from robbing miscellaneous items from a business. The victim has now been identified as 57-year-old Victor Talavera of Long Beach. Darby was arrested while driving the car that detectives believe was used in the murder of Talavera.
Darby has been booked on one count of murder, robbery, and burglary, all originating from the same incident. Darby is currently being held in the Long Beach City jail on $2,000,000 bail. His vehicle has been impounded and will be processed for evidentiary value by the Forensic Science Division.
Update 7/25/20 at 5:00 p.m:
Based on additional information obtained by detectives this morning, this case has shifted into a murder investigation and is being handled by our Homicide Detail.
Detectives learned the pedestrian was an employee of a liquor store in the 300 block of W. Anaheim Street where the theft occurred. The employee is believed to be in his 50’s and a resident of Long Beach, but next of kin has not been notified so his identity is not being released.
Based on evidence collected, detectives discovered the victim was not struck by the utility van and it appears the driver of the van attempted to render aid to the victim. It is believed the victim died from injuries sustained when he was thrown from the hood of the suspect’s vehicle. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Homicide Detectives Oscar Valenzuela and Eric Thai 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.
Original News Release 7/24/20 at 9:10 a.m:
On July 23, 2020 at approximately 10:40 pm, Long Beach Police Officers responded to a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. When they arrived on scene they located a male adult laying in the eastbound lanes of Anaheim Street just west of Magnolia Avenue. None of the vehicles involved were still on scene when officers arrived.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a pedestrian had attempted to stop a theft at a local liquor store. In his efforts to stop the thief, he climbed on the hood of the suspect's vehicle. The suspect drove with the pedestrian on the hood for approximately three blocks before maneuvering the vehicle to get the pedestrian off the hood. The pedestrian fell off the hood of the vehicle into eastbound lanes of Anaheim Street where he was struck by a second vehicle, unrelated to the earlier theft.
The Long Beach Fire Department responded and performed life saving measures, however the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
The driver of the first suspect vehicle is described as a male Black, approximately 40 years old, 5'7" tall, skinny build, short dark hair and moustache. He was wearing a black short sleeved shirt and blue jeans. His vehicle is described as a silver four door sedan.
The second vehicle involved was described as a white utility style van.
The Los Angeles Coroner's Office will assist in identifying the pedestrian and notifying next of kin.
Anyone with information regarding the collision are asked to contact Detective Kelsey Myers or Detective Shawn Loughlin of the Long Beach Police Department's Collision Investigation Detail at (562)570-7355. 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.