UPDATE | Prosecutors today filed murder charges against two men they say assaulted a Long Beach man and left him on the road where he was fatally struck by a passing vehicle, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced today.
The men, 21-year-old Anthony Varela and 21-year-old Kyle Guinea-Mangubat, were set to be arraigned today, but were postponed until Sept. 27.
Police say the men got into a fight with the victim, 21-year-old Ricky Muñoz, at a bar in Santa Fe Springs.
“The two defendants reportedly chased him into the street where they assaulted him and left him on the road where he was struck and killed by a passing vehicle,” the DA’s office said.
Mangubat and Varela face a possible maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged.
PREVIOUSLY: Two in custody in death of Long Beach man in Santa Fe Springs
9/19/19 at 12:47 p.m. | Two men were in custody today on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a man struck and killed by a vehicle following an alleged altercation with the suspects in Santa Fe Springs, police said.
Ricky Munoz, 21, of Long Beach, died at the scene of his injury, which occurred about 1 a.m. Wednesday in the 11700 block of Telegraph Road, Whittier police Officer John Scoggins said.
The motorist was interviewed by police, who classified the death as an accident, Scoggins said.
“Investigators developed more information and confirmed there had been an incident at a local restaurant preceding the car accident, which led to the death,” Scoggins said.
“The two suspects are alleged to have been in an altercation with Munoz moments before a passing motorist struck him,” Scoggins said.
Investigators found and arrested the suspects Wednesday evening, and booked them at the Whittier Police Department.
Anthony Edward Varela, 21, of Montebello, and Kyle Michael Guinea-Mangubat, 21, of Pico Rivera, were booked on suspicion of murder, and were held on $2 million bail each, Scoggins said.
Munoz’s mother had told KTLA5 that her son had been at Maggie’s Pub with his sister when someone stole his hat during an altercation, and he was hit by a vehicle as he chased the thief across Telegraph Road.
Telegraph Road was closed for several hours between Pioneer Boulevard and Alburtis Avenue while an investigation was conducted.
Anyone with information on the case was asked to call detectives at 562-409-1850, or the police tip line at 800-222-8477.
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