LINCOLN HEIGHTS — A man suspected of killing and sexually assaulting two Lincoln Heights women two years ago has been arrested with the help of DNA evidence, the LAPD announced today.
Geovanni Borjas, 32, was arrested May 25 at his home in Torrance on suspicion of murder and rape last week, the department said during an afternoon press conference posted on Facebook Live. Borjas worked at a medical supply and service business located within the boundaries of the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division, which includes Lincoln Heights.
Borjas was arrested a few days after he was being followed by LAPD detectives, who observed him spitting on a sidewalk, said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. A DNA sample drawn from that saliva helped connect him to both crimes, he said.
Borjas, who was also charged with one count of kidnapping, also faces special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder in the commission of a rape and a kidnapping, making him eligible for the death penalty, said the L.A. County District Attorney. If convicted as charged, Borjas faces the death penalty or life in state prison without the possibility of parole.
Seventeen-year-old Michelle Lozano was last seen alive across from Lincoln High school one day before her body was found in April 2011 next to the 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights.
Bree’ Anna Guzman, a 22-year-old single mother, went missing after she went to the Lincoln Heights Rite-Aid on the day after Christmas 2011; her body was found a month later next to the 5 Freeway in Silver Lake.Sign up here for Neighborhood News Alerts via email
Police initially played down concerns by residents that the two murders might have been connected. But in April 2014, investigators said that forensic evidence linked both killings. With no suspects in custody, the rewards were issued by the city as well as the FBI in hopes that new information would help find the killer or killers.
As both murders remain unsolved, officials offered and extended a pair of $50,000 rewards to help solve the killings.
— Richard Winton (@LAcrimes) May 30, 2017
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