2 charged in Los Angeles Craigslist killing

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Associated Press

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 11:08 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two reputed Los Angeles gang members have been charged with robbing and killing a man police say was lured to his death with a Craigslist ad.

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Roth and 18-year-old Markell Thomas were charged Monday in the Oct. 19 shooting of Rene Balbuena, who was gunned down in front of his 15-year-old son. Both were arrested last week.

Authorities say Balbuena and his son drove to a South Los Angeles location at night to buy a cellphone listed on Craigslist, but instead two people confronted them and demanded money. Balbuena was shot several times and his son was grazed but the robbers fled empty-handed.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the two are connected with seven similar holdups in Southern California. No one was injured in those holdups.

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