‘Callous and brutal’ gang members arrested in ‘unprovoked’ murder of the man in front of grandson: police

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Two California gang members were on Thursday arrested and charged with the “unprovoked” killing of a 53-year-old man and his young grandson looked on, police said.

The victim was identified as messrs Lara Armenta, a “good mechanic” who fixed bikes for the children in his neighborhood. Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer said he was murdered in front of his 4-year-old grandson on April 21.

The police says Alejo Lara Armenta was beloved by many in its environment.
(Fresno PD)

“He was a family man, a loving father and grandfather, a district mechanic, worked on the bike in the neighborhood for people for free and was loved,” Dyer said of Armenta.

“There are these two cruel, callous people, which killed a 53-year-old man who left behind a family, children, a 4-year-old grandson who witnessed the murder of his grandfather,” Dyer said.

Andrew Gullien, left, and John Chavez have been charged with the murder of Alejo Lara Armenta.
(Fresno PD)

On the basis of evidence at the scene, police identified and arrested Andrew Guillen, 19, and John Chavez, 23, ABC 30 reported. Dyer said both “extensive” criminal and violent history, including the “robbery, as well as the possession of firearms.”

“These individuals, again, are two very callous and cold-hearted people,” Dyer said:

Before the shooting, two women and two children related to the victims were approached and threatened by two gang members at a local supermarket, the Fresno Bee reported, citing the researchers.


The two women and two children walked back to the house, while the two suspects followed them slowly in a vehicle. The suspects left and then returned later in a green SUV, parked in front of the house and approached the house, police said.

The suspects shot the victim multiple times in the driveway, while his 4-year-old grandson was in the neighborhood, ” Dyer said. The police believe that the shots were fired at point-blank range, the Bee reported.


It was immediately clear what the relationship is, if any, the suspects had to the victims. The police are investigating to determine a motive. A booking photo of Chavez shows him smiling after he was charged with the murder on Thursday.

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