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Suspect arrested in killings of Lincoln Heights women [updated]

Michelle Lozano (left) & Bree'Anna Guzman

Michelle Lozano (left) & Bree’Anna Guzman | LAPD

LINCOLN HEIGHTS —  A man suspected of killing and sexually assaulting two Lincoln Heights women six 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.

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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.

2012 Lincoln Heights memorial for Bree’Anna Guzman

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10 comments

  1. good , always had a feeling these were connected.. glad to see him off the street and hopefully some justice for the families involved.

    • If i remember correctly sometime after the 2nd victim the LAPD put out information saying they have evidence that links the two cases, it was kind of obvious it was DNA, since both the victims were dumped naked. I wonder if that spooked him into going after a 3rd victim.

  2. Praise to LAPD Detectives and to those who dared speak up. This should never happen to anyone. But, since we live among evil, I am so relieved to know he is behind bars and will stay there for good. I wish these families some comfort.

  3. Glad this monster is off the street. The reason people thought the killings were connected was because they didn’t seem random; tons of gang killings and stray bullets missing their intended targets, but I can’t remember a time when a maniac was on the loose. His DNA needs to be checked against all unsolved homicides.. There will be no closure for the families but at least they have the murderer and he will be held accountable.

  4. Thanks to LAPD for not giving up on this. Did someone receive the reward for providing information on the killer? This seems unclear to me from the story.

    • The suspect’s father’s DNA was in the California database for a past domestic violence offense. It was a very close match to the DNA found at the crime scenes of these two ladies, and law enforcement was able to hone in on Geovanni because of this evidence. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as they say. Glad this scumbag is off the streets.

  5. This is great news. Their families deserve to know who did this. The news was so upsetting at the time, I’m really glad they never gave up on finding him. Hopefully this brings some peace to those close to the victims.

  6. This man is disgusting. I knew Michelle.. I worked in a establishment where Brianna mother would come into.. and knew here before here Brianna death.. and saw what her daughter death did to her. It destroyed her.. so I had sadness for all these woman.. and now to hear that geovanni a man that would come to my job the same place Brianna mother would come to and have no heart seeing that he killed her daughter.. let’s me know he is cold blooded cocky guy.. and he has no heart and deserve the death penalty!!!!

  7. Glad they caught that FUCKEN COWARD !

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