A suspect in the alleged murders of two Santa Monica men in March has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), officials said.
William Vasquez, 25, an alleged Los Angeles gang member, was arrested early Thursday, October 13th, by mem- bers of a joint FBI-LAPD Fugitive Task Force in the 500 block of Westlake Street, Los Angeles, police said.
Vasquez is charged with three murders in the Los Angeles area, including Jonathan Hernandez, 19, and Hector Bonilla, 25, two Santa Monica residents who were shot to death at a party at the Moose Lodge in Santa Monica in March, police said.
LAPD officials said Vas-quez is also a suspect in the 2002 shooting death of a man at a party in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles.
Vasquez was booked on multiple outstanding felony warrants and was arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court Tuesday, October 18th.
He pleaded not guilty to three murder charges and is being held by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on $2 million bail, officials said.
The Los Angeles County district attorney filed felony charges and issued arrest warrants in July for Vasquez, Jose Mojarro, 21, and Ector Hugo Sanchez, 20, in connection with the shooting deaths of Hernandez and Bonilla.
Mojarro has been arrested but Sanchez remains at large, Santa Monica police said.
Anyone with information regarding the deaths of Hernandez and Bonilla is asked to call the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8426.