9 arrested, 5 charged in Pasadena drug deal murder
The Pasadena Police Department concluded their investigation into the murder of 21-year-old Zane Goldstein by arresting four more suspects January 30th. Goldstein died two days after the January 15th shooting that arose from a drug deal gone wrong.
According to Pasadena Police, Goldstein and his brother met one of the suspects to sell a small amount of marijuana. During their meeting, an altercation broke out when the suspects tried to rob the brothers resulting in the shooting of Goldstein. At 2:12 PM, Goldstein’s brother contacted Pasadena Police informing them that Goldstein had been shot. After being transported to a local hospital, Goldstein succumbed to his injuries on January 17th.
That same day, police arrested three Pasadena residents in connection with the murder. 23-year-old Raymond Ramirez and a 17-year-old Black male juvenile were arrested for murder, while 20-year-old Ruby Yvette Conchas was booked for accessory after the fact. Ramirez was later released pending further investigation.
On January 25th, two more suspects were charged in the case. Peter Parra and Kevin Jessie Cabrera each had five charges filed against them, including murder and second degree robbery. Another suspect, 20-year-old Ashley Ceballos, was also released pending investigation.
Two more suspects, 23-year-old Raymond Frank Conchas Jr. and 20-year-old Stephanie Urias Jacquez, were also charged on January 25th without being in police custody. On January 29th, two weeks after Goldstein’s murder, Conchas and Jacquez turned themselves in to authorities after a media release of their names and pictures.
Both Conchas and Jacquez were booked for murder, among other charges. John Michael Piepoli of Pasadena was also arrested in connection to Goldstein’s murder. Jacquez was ultimately released on January 30th while the charges on the previously arrested juvenile are under review by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
“The arrests and subsequent criminal charges are the first steps to bringing the persons responsible for this senseless death to justice”, said Police Chief Phillip Sanchez.
On a Facebook page dedicated to Goldstein’s memory, the “About” section detailed Goldstein’s importance to his family and friends. “He was a wonderful friend, brother, son, and relative and he will always remain in our hearts.”
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