Man Pleads No Contest in Stabbing Death of AAA Driver

December 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A 41-year-old man pleaded no contest Tuesday to fatally stabbing an AAA driver who was helping the defendant’s mother in Pico Rivera last year.

Tobias Ruben Cabrera is facing 15 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced Jan. 31 for the June 2, 2015 killing of Raymond Zabala, who was attacked in the 8400 block of Buhman Avenue after replacing the battery on the woman’s car.

Cabrera also admitted that he had a prior conviction for corporal injury with great bodily injury to a spouse/cohabitant/child’s parent in 2001, which will result in an additional five-year prison term.

Cabrera walked up to the 35-year-old AAA driver and asked what was going on before attacking him, then rode away on a bike after the stabbing, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Authorities have not determined a motive for the attack.

Zabala went to a neighboring home to seek help, but died near the crime scene, authorities said.

Cabrera was arrested three days later by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies. He has remained in jail since then.

Teen Arrested in Connection to Ex-Girlfriend’s Stabbing

August 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

PICO RIVERA – Authorities Tuesday arrested the ex-boyfriend of a 16-year-old girl who was fatally stabbed in her Pico Rivera home last Friday.

Rory Murga, 17, was taken into custody about 7:35 this morning in Pico Rivera and was booked on suspicion of murder in the death of Elena Moore, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Patrolling deputies spotted Murga under a railroad underpass at Rosemead Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, Navarro-Suarez said. He was taken to Pico Rivera Station for booking, and will be taken to a juvenile detention facility where he will be held without bail, she said.

“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the public for the several tips received, which prompted deputies to search the surrounding Rosemead Boulevard and Slauson Avenue area,” Navarro-Suarez said.

On Friday about 3:15 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the victim’s home in the 9800 block of Shade Lane on a 911 call of a stabbing. She died at the scene.

“Detectives learned that the victim’s mother was suddenly (awakened) by her daughter’s screams that she had been stabbed as she staggered into her bedroom and collapsed,” Deputy Guillermina Saldana said.

“The victim was downstairs in her home when the suspect entered the residence through the back door,” Saldana said. “The stabbing occurred, and she ran upstairs to her mother’s bedroom.”

The suspect apparently entered the home through the back door, Saldana said.

“It is unknown if the suspect was allowed into the residence by the victim or if he forced his way in,” Saldana said.

Information from the girl’s mother pointed to the teen’s former boyfriend as the suspect, and sheriff’s investigators announced later that day that they were looking for Murga.

The pair broke up about two weeks before the killing, after dating for about a year, according to the sheriff’s department.

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