Police Nab Marina Marketplace Murder Suspect
The joint LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force has arrested a suspected gunman in the Jan. 6 murder of a 17-year-old girl in the parking lot of the Marina Marketplace shopping center.
Cameron Anthony Frazier, 21, was arrested at 9:30 a.m. Monday outside his home in Vista, a city in northwestern San Diego County, and booked at LAPD West Bureau headquarters on Monday night, according to a police department bulletin.
Frazier is being held without bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles and was set to be arraigned on Wednesday at the Airport Courthouse in Westchester.
UPDATE: Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged Frazier with murder and a special circumstance allegation of committing murder during the commission of a robbery, which opens the possibility of a life without parole or a death penalty sentence if he’s convicted. He also faces two counts of attempted robbery.
According to the LAPD bulletin, Frazier allegedly shot murder victim Kristine Carman in the head during a failed robbery outside Jerry’s Famous Deli, near Mindanao Way and the Marina (90) Freeway.
First responders found Carman’s body in the back seat of an SUV parked a short distance away between the Marina del Rey Post Office and Panda Express. Carman lived in Texas and had been in town visiting her older sister Lacey Carman, who posted to social media the next morning that she had been in the vehicle during the shooting.
The LAPD arrest bulletin does not confirm or deny TV news reports that a man in the vehicle with Lacey and Kristine Carman had been attempting to sell a large quantity of marijuana to an unfamiliar buyer when the shooting occurred.
LAPD investigators did not return call for comment.
The day after the shooting, Lacey Carman created a GoFundMe page to crowdsource donations for a “life gem” to memorialize Kristine. The page has since been modified, apparently by Kristine’s mother, to say the money would go toward funeral costs. According to the page, a memorial service for Kristine happened Monday, the same day Frazier was arrested.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said LAPD homicide detectives joined agents from the FBI’s San Diego office to arrest Frazier.
“We’ve worked with [LAPD] for many years on the task force. They average between 100 and 200 arrests a year,” Eimiller said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact LAPD West Bureau Homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470.
— Gary Walker