Update: Two charged with murder of 26-year-old Long Beach woman in Fountain Valley
Updated: Aug 7, 2021
Oliver Reynaldo Leon, age 27, has been charged with murder and conspiracy in the death of 26-year-old Phia Marie Albanese, who was found dead in her car with three gunshot wounds to her head on July 19, the Fountain Valley Police Department said. Prosecutors also charged a second suspect, Mary Diedra Chavez, age 25, with murder and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The indictment alleges Chávez and Leon, plus two unidentified co-conspirators, traveled from Los Angeles County to Tustin to "lure her out [Albanese] of a hotel room," according to City News Service.
Chávez and Leon got into the victim's car with Albanese, with the two co-unidentified conspirators following in another vehicle.
The complaint claims that they took Albanese's telephone, and Leon shot her three times in the head.
On Monday at roughly 6:11 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision near Slater Avenue and Tradewinds Street in Fountain Valley.
According to a news release, when police arrived, Fountain Valley Fire personnel and members of the public were helping the female driver.
Later, authorities would discover a gunshot wound on the driver and be pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim's identity is being withheld from the public at this time until notified next of kin.