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Boy arrested in deadly rampage targeting cyclists in Huntington Beach

A boy was arrested Tuesday in connection with a series of hit-and-runs in Huntington Beach in which one person was killed, authorities said.

Huntington Beach police arrested the individual — who they described only as a man and a juvenile — Tuesday around 9 p.m. on suspicion of hitting several cyclists with a car.

Steven Gonzales, 70, was killed in one of the collisions, according to a department news release. The boy was booked into Orange County Juvenile Hall on charges of homicide and assault with a deadly weapon.

Officers located the vehicle driven by the suspect, which led to his arrest, according to the release. The investigation is ongoing and no further details were released Wednesday about the suspect’s age or other identifying information.

“I would like to commend the detectives who investigated these terrible crimes for their tireless work in apprehending a dangerous suspect,” Huntington Beach Police Chief Eric Parra said in the release.

The boy allegedly struck three cyclists in three separate incidents Sunday evening in an area bordered by Heil Avenue, Edwards Street, Warner Avenue and Springdale Street, police said. The car was described by witnesses as a black, four-door Toyota sedan with damaged passenger side bumper.

The first attack occurred around 10 p.m., when a cyclist was struck while riding his bike on Warner Avenue and Edwards Street, according to authorities. The driver fled and the cyclist was slightly injured.

A second hit-and-run occurred at Brad Drive and Edwards Street. The motorcyclist told police he was hit by a driver who fled the scene. The cyclist was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police received a call around 10:45 p.m. that a third person had been seriously injured at Heil Avenue and Springdale Street. The man, identified as Gonzales, a Huntington Beach resident, received help at the scene but died from his injuries.

Police urged anyone with more information about the case to contact the HBPD WeTip hotline at (714) 375-5066 or OC Crime Stoppers at (855) 847-6227.


Los Angeles Times

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