Long Beach woman helped suspected murderer flee to Arizona, police say

Police have arrested a Long Beach woman accused of helping a murder suspect flee the state, the LBPD announced today.

The department alleges Nancy Interiano, 35, headed to Arizona with 31-year-old Richard Quintana not long after Quintana killed 49-year-old Johnny Akins at an illegal gambling establishment in Long Beach.

Police said Quintana and Akins “were arguing over their involvement in the illegal gambling establishment” before Quintana shot Akins on Aug. 22. Officers on patrol in the area noticed something was wrong when they saw a small crowd gathered on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of West Pacific Coast Highway, just west of the 710 Freeway, police said. Akins died the next day.

About a month later, police found Quintana and arrested him in Arizona, according to the LBPD. He’s since been charged with murder, according to court records.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, police arrested Interiano as she left a business in the 300 block of Willow Street in Long Beach, the LBPD said.

“Detectives believe Interiano had knowledge of Quintana’s involvement in the shooting and traveled with Quintana to Arizona to assist him in his efforts to avoid or escape arrest, trial or conviction,” police said in their announcement.

The two are friendly acquaintances, an LBPD spokeswoman said.

Interiano has been booked on suspicion of accessory after the fact and is being held on more than $2 million bail, police said.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify the location of the shooting. 

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.