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Sept. 20th Shooting Results in Charges Filed against Hector Jehova Bonilla

Bonilla exited an SUV, and got involved in a verbal confrontation with an unidentified victim

 

October 9, 2017

Bonilla exited an SUV, and got involved in a verbal confrontation with an unidentified victim

On September 20, 2017 at about 3:14 p.m., residents reported a shooting near 20th Street and Pico Blvd.

Witnesses said Hector Jehova Bonilla exited an SUV, and got involved in a verbal confrontation with an unidentified victim. Contrary to popular LA opinion, exiting your vehicle and yelling at another driver does not win you an award certificate, suitable for framing and wall mounting. Bonilla was a passenger anyway, so he wasn't eligible for the wall certificate.

During the confrontation, Bonilla fired several rounds at the victim and other bystanders.

SMPD Detectives were able to identify Bonilla as a suspect after interviewing the victim, who was not hurt.

On September 28, 2017, the Santa Monica Police arrested Bonilla, 20, for his involvement in a carjacking that occurred the previous week in Culver City. Bonilla, 20, was wanted by the Culver City Police Department (CCPD). Bonilla has also been linked to a shooting that occurred in Santa Monica and two robberies in Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) jurisdiction.

On October 2, 2017, following a collaborative effort by Detectives from CCPD, LAPD and SMPD, charges were filed against Bonilla at the Airport Courthouse.

Bonilla has been charged with 215(a) P.C. – Carjacking; 211 P.C. Robbery; and 246.3 P.C – Negligent Discharge of a Firearm. He is being held without bail under the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office pending a preliminary hearing.

 

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