Two Out-of-State Men, Woman Arrested in Deadly Porter Ranch Triple Shooting
Los Angeles Police Department detectives have arrested two men and a woman for a triple murder in February in a gated Porter Ranch community.
Several law enforcement sources told NBCLA the investigators believe the trio traveled to Southern California for the specific purpose of committing a robbery and murder at the home.
Detectives from the LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division had Kenneth Peterson arrested yesterday in Durham, North Carolina. Booking records showed he was being held as an out of state fugitive pending extradition, as well as on local allegations of cocaine trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to LA County court records Peterson and another man named Travis Llewellyn Reid were each charged yesterday with three counts of murder. A woman named Chaquetta Charmian Cook was charged with one count of murder and one narcotics related count. Reid and Cook were from Baltimore, Maryland, the sources said.
Police were called to the large home on Via Galileo in Porter Ranch’s Renaissance community just before 4 p.m. on Monday, February 18. Three men were found dead inside; all had been shot to death.
The victims were identified by authorities as Gary Davidson, 39, the man who rented the home, and two visitors, Benny Lopez, 46, of Anaheim, and Jesus Perez, 34, of Perris.
The LAPD said at the time it appeared the killer or killers were invited into the home, and it was not a random attack.
“It is likely that the suspect or suspects were known to the victims,” Capt. William Hayes, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division, said the day after the discovery. “We can say with confidence that the crimes committed were directed at these victims.”
In addition to the men who were killed, a woman was at the residence in an upstairs bedroom, Hayes said. She placed the emergency call after hearing a gunshot, she told police. The woman lived in the house with Davidson.
Published at Thu, 06 Jun 2019 21:14:32 +0000