The Los Angeles district attorney’s office has charged three suspects in the deaths of two Santa Monica men who were shot to death during a private party at the Moose Lodge on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica in March.
Hector Bonilla, 25, and Jonathan Hernandez, 19, both of Santa Monica, were killed in the Moose Lodge during a shooting at about 11 p.m. March 5th, Santa Monica police said. A third victim, who was also shot during the incident, was taken to a local hospital and later released.
Santa Monica police said there were between 50 and 70 witnesses who attended the private party.
After more than four months of investigation, the Santa Monica Police Department presented a completed case for filing consideration to the Los Angeles district attorney Friday, July 29th.
The district attorney’s office issued felony arrest warrants for Jose Mojaro, 21, William Vasquez, 25, and Ector Hugo Sanchez, 20, of Los Angeles, police said.
The three men have each been charged with two counts of murder, with special circumstances (which could lead to a life sentence without parole or the death penalty), gang enhancement, use of firearms during a gang crime and assault with a deadly weapon, police said.
Santa Monica police said Mojaro is in police custody, but Vasquez and Sanchez are still at large.
The three men are members of a Los Angeles street gang, police allege.
Anyone having additional information is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery-Homicide Unit at (310) 458-8451.
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