POMONA >> A person with no legal historical past is suspected within the Pomona drive-by killing of eight-yr-previous Jonah Hwang, Pomona police Chief Paul J. Capraro stated in a information convention Monday.
Suspect Sengchau Houl, 35, of unincorporated Pomona was arrested Sunday, almost 5 weeks after the capturing. He seemingly has no ties to gangs and no legal previous, Capraro stated. Nevertheless, a firearm was found within the automotive on the time of the arrest.
Houl’s automotive is allegedly tied to 4 shootings on the similar location, Capraro stated. It’s not random, however police can’t clarify the development.
“We have no idea what that connection is at this level,” he stated.
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Houl made no statements, Capraro added, however he did cooperate with arresting officers.
On Monday, Feb. 20, Jonah and his household have been at a house within the 1100 block of West eleventh Road having dinner with household pals when the drive-by capturing occurred.
The kid was taken to a hospital the place he was later pronounced lifeless, Pomona police stated. Jonah was a scholar at Pomona Unified Faculty District’s Cortez Math and Science Magnet Faculty, situated within the western a part of the town. His dying shocked the town, residents, elected officers and cops alike.
“No one rested on this station till we received at the least thus far,” Capraro stated of the arrest, describing their effort as working “across the clock.”
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Added Mayor Tim Sandoval: We by no means misplaced hope in one another, and we by no means misplaced hope in finally discovering who dedicated this heinous crime.”
The home has been focused in a number of shootings, one as current as this weekend, Capraro stated. Police consider Houl is behind all of them.
He declined to element any proof within the case.
Lots of turned out for Jonah’s memorial service at Objective Church.
Many attended sporting shirts of superheroes in honor of the boy whose favourite factor have been superheroes.
For the household, “that is going to be an extended street, as this case travels by way of the courtroom course of, it’s not going to be a simple one. We as a police group are going to be there for them,” Capraro vowed.
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