A man and woman were arrested in connection with the assault on a group of cyclists who were riding earlier this month through Echo Park during the Naked Bike Ride, police said. Carlos Rojas, 20, and Amanda Arellano, 20, of Los Angeles were apprehended on Wednesday after police spotted their car in the 1200 block of Sunset Boulevard and set up a stake out, according to Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. Rojas was arrested on a warrant in connection with the assault that left at least two cyclists with minor injuries. Arellano, who had a gun in her purse at the time of the arrest, is believed to have been at the scene and is considered a person of interest in the case, according to police.
Two other males suspects are still being sought. Click on the link below to read Buhrmester’s full account of the arrests.
Two arrests have been made in relation to the assault on the bicyclists. Shortly after the investigation by our gang unit began, an arrest warrant alleging assault with a deadly weapon was obtained against Carlos Rojas, 20, Los Angeles. The warrant was issued based on vehicle and suspect information obtained at the scene, and from follow-up witnesses in the community. On June 22, 2011, at approximately 5:45 pm, detectives from a surveillance unit observed the car used during the crime, parked in the 1200 block of Sunset Blvd. They staked it out. Rojas and the female driver, Amanda Arellano, 20, Los Angeles, left in the car and they were detained.
Rojas was identified and arrested on the warrant. Arellano was believed to have been at the scene of the crime, and is a person of interest. At the time she was stopped, Arellano was carrying a loaded pistol in her purse. Rojas was booked for the warrant, which carries a $75,000 bail, while Arellano was booked for having a loaded firearm in a public place, with bail set at $35,000. Two other male suspects are being sought, as the investigation continues.