LOS ANGELES POLICE ARREST
SAN FRANCISCO MURDER SUSPECT
By Adam Martin, Bay City News
January 26, 2006, 4:34 p.m.
Police in Los Angeles have arrested a suspect in
a San Francisco homicide from December.
Luis Nelson Barrera, 26, of San Francisco, is accused
of shooting 21-year-old Robert Mariano, also of San Francisco,
in the 1300 block of Hampshire Street on Dec. 6.
At the time of the killing, police suspected the
two men knew each other. Inspectors developed leads in the following
weeks, and an arrest warrant was signed on Dec. 12, according
to the San Francisco Police Department.
At about 4:50 a.m., according to Inspector Tom Cleary
of the homicide division, Los Angeles police made a traffic stop
of a car containing Barrera. A warrant check revealed Barrera
was wanted for murder in San Francisco, Cleary said, and police
took him into custody.
Barrera allegedly shot Mariano after he saw him
arguing with Barrera's girlfriend on the Hampshire Street sidewalk,
Cleary said. Though it turned out Mariano and Barrera did not
have a relationship, Mariano apparently knew Barrera's girlfriend,
"I think the investigation went well,'' Cleary
said. He said police would discuss the case with the district
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