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Santa Monica Man Arrested in Connectio to Carjacking, Pico Shooting is Son of Victim of 2005 Slaying


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October 6, 2017 -- A man whose father was fatallly gunned down in a 2005 gang slaying in Santa Monica was charged Monday for his involvement in a shooting in the Pico Neighborhood last month, police said.

Hector Jehova Bonilla, 20, who has been linked to the September 20 shooting, was also charged in connection with a carjacking in Culver City and two robberies in Los Angeles, police said.

He was arrested by Santa Monica police on September 28 for his involvement in a carjacking, which took place the previous week in Culver City.

Police said the vehicle involved in he carjacking was used in the Santa Monica shooting, which they believe was gang-related, said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the department spokesman.

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"None of the victims shot at came forward," Rodriguez said.

The shooting took place shortly after 3 p.m. in the area of 20th Street and Pico Boulevard, police said. No victims were struck.

According to witnesses, the suspect, who was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle driving in the area, got out and became involved in a verbal confrontation with an unidentified victim, Rodriguez said.

"During the confrontation, the suspect fired several rounds at the victim and other bystanders," Rodriguez said.

SMPD Detectives identified Bonilla as an involved party in the shooting, he said.

Bonilla, a Santa Monica resident who grew up in the Pico neighborhood, is the son of Hector Bonilla, who was a victim in the gruesome March 2005 gang slayings at a party at the local Moose Lodge ("Coroner’s Report Details 'Gang' Slayings," March 29, 2005).

Bonilla, a 25-year-old resident of the Pico Neighborhood, was shot eight times, twice to the head, as he ran to the aid of the other victim.

A year after the shooting, Bonilla's widow told the Lookout that her husband, who was portrayed in media reports as a gang member named “Limpy,” had turned his life around and that the shooting had traumatized her young sons ("Moose Lodge Victim’s Wife Carries On," March 8, 2006).

Charges against Hector Jehova Bonilla were filed at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office-Airport Division Courthouse after a collaborative effort by Detectives from CCPD, LAPD and SMPD, Rodriguez.

Bonilla was charged with carjacking, robbery and the negligent discharge of a firearm, police said. Bonilla is being held without bail under the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office pending a preliminary hearing.

Anyone with information related to the Santa Monica incident should call Detective Cooper at (310) 458-8478; Sergeant Skogh at (310) 458-8992; or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.



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