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Police arrest man in North Hollywood for kidnapping and murder

A man suspected of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in North Hollywood on Sunday after allegedly killing a passer-by who tried to intervene has been taken into police custody, authorities said.

Shane Winfield Rayment, 37, was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday by officers from Hemet, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The dead man, Roberto Fletes, had tried to intervene in an argument between Rayment and his ex-girlfriend, Jenny Marie Downes, according to the LAPD.

After shooting Fletes down, Rayment forced Downes into a van and fled, the LAPD said.

By the time Hemet’s police arrested him, Rayment was driving another car. Downes, 31, was inside, beaten and bruised, authorities said. His injuries were not life threatening.

A man from Perris was also in the car, but LAPD detectives determined he was not involved in the shooting or the alleged kidnapping and released him.

Fletes, 42, was a friend of Downes’ sister and didn’t know Rayment otherwise, according to LAPD Det. Efren Gutiérrez.

“He tried to help,” Gutierrez said of Fletes earlier this week. “He was trying to prevent the kidnapping, and he was shot in the process. He was trying to do the right thing.

Rayment has been convicted of a series of drug crimes and gun theft, court records show.

Rayment was jailed in Banning on a murder warrant. His bond was set at $ 3 million.

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