A man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard at a medical marijuana facility in the Mid-Wilshire area in October was arrested by police at a Venice motel late last month, police said.
Acting on anonymous tip, Los Angeles police arrested David Gardiner, 21, in Venice July 27th, LAPD Wilshire homicide detective Frank Carillo said. Gardiner was one of two outstanding suspects in the October 1st fatal shooting of security guard Noe Campos Gonzalez, 25, police said. A reward of $50,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest of the last at-large suspect, Brandon Daniels, who fled the scene with Gardiner, Carillo said.
Two other suspects, Leon Banks and Lovie Matthew, were arrested shortly after the shooting and have been charged with murder, police said.
The suspects allegedly walked into the La Brea Collective on South La Brea Avenue with the intent to rob the dispensary and confronted Gonzalez, police said. A fight then broke out and during the fight, Gonzalez, who was unarmed, was fatally shot, Carillo said.
“The security guard was doing his job but unfortunately he was facing four suspects,” Carillo said. “It was a tough match.”
Gardiner remained at-large for months but police tracked his location to a Venice motel after a tip from an anonymous caller, Carillo said. The suspect has been charged with murder and several other charges, including attempted robbery, he said.
Gardiner is currently in Los Angeles County Jail without bail, according to the county Sheriff’s Department. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, August 13th.
Carillo said police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the last at-large suspect in the case.
“We’re not giving up until all are in custody,” he said.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact LAPD Wilshire homicide detectives at (213) 473-0446, or (877) 529-3855 (877-LAWFULL) after hours or on weekends. Tips can also be submitted at www.lapdonline.org/.