Detectives find murder weapon, arrest man who hid evidence for killer, police say

Police say they’ve arrested a 56-year-old man who tried to help a murder suspect by hiding evidence after the slaying of a man at a North Long Beach housing complex this weekend.

Long Beach police said they found a rifle believed to be the murder weapon near where they arrested Darral Frank around 3:15 p.m. Sunday. The gun was “concealed in a public place,” police said, but declined to provide any more specifics. Frank lives in San Pedro, according to jail records.

Detectives took Frank into custody the day after they arrested 58-year-old Paul Booth on suspicion of murdering a 23-year-old Long Beach man named Jerrimiyah Davis.

Booth shot Davis after confronting him in a common area of the Carmelitos Housing Project in North Long Beach around 9:45 Friday night, police said.

Booth lived at the complex, according to public records. He fled in a wheelchair, but officers found him blocks away on Saturday near 52nd Street and Orange Avenue, police said.

Authorities did not provide details on what the deadly confrontation may have been about.

Davis was licensed to work as a security guard and carry a firearm, according to public records.

After his arrest, Frank was booked on suspicion of being an accessory to murder after the fact and held in lieu of $1 million bail, police said.

Booth was being held in lieu of $2 million bail on suspicion of murder and being an ex-felon in possession of live ammunition, police said.

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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.