• Matt Esnayra

LBPD arrested four suspects in connection with the death of a 14-year-old boy

Long Beach police say they arrested four suspects in connection with the death of 14-year-old Arthur Touch, a Long Beach resident who was shot and killed a week before Christmas.


On Dec 16., Touch was found on the 1400 block of St. Louis Avenue at around 8:50 p.m. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, and later died at the scene, the LBPD said in a press release.

  • From Jan 7-8, LBPD detectives served three search warrants at three separate locations across the city, arresting two suspects and seizing handguns, rifles, and ammunition.

  • The LBPD doesn't believe the recovered weapons were used in Touch's murder.

  • CHP arrested two suspects in the San Diego area, who they believe was possibly heading towards Mexico.

The Suspects: All four people were then arrested in connection with Touch's murder, and each suspect was charged with one count of murder. They are each being held in the Long Beach City jail on $2,000,000 bail. Detectives anticipate presenting their case to the Office of the Los Angeles District Attorney early next week for filing consideration

  • 19-year-old Jose Martinez was arrested Wednesday at his residence in the 2000 block of Linden Avenue

  • 18-year-old Jacob Valentin was arrested Wednesday near his home in the 400 block of 21st Street

  • 25-year-old Junior Parra and 23-year-old Ricardo Parra, who are brothers, were both arrested on Thursday.

What they're saying:

  • Chief of Police Robert G. Luna said, "Any loss of life due to violence is unacceptable, but the murder of a 14-year-old should be an outrage to our entire community."

Long Beach Councilmember Suely Saro on Touch's Deaths: "This city and community failed to protect Arthur, and there is nothing that we can do now to change that. This is not the first time we have failed; last year our city suffered 152 shootings and 26 murders. The only thing we can do now is work to do better. We have to make our city safe for every child because there is nothing more important than keeping our children safe."

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