Two men accused of firing several shots into the car of a Los Angeles police cadet, who had recently broken her engagement with one of the men, pleaded not guilty last week to charges of attempted murder.
Dagoberto Barajas, 28, of Glendale and Carlos Cruz, 20, of Canoga Park entered their pleas during separate arraignments in Glendale Municipal Court. They are charged with the attempted murder of Gretchen Carnes, 22, Barajas' former fiancee.
Carnes, who has been training at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park for two months, was shot at as she drove east on the Foothill Freeway near the Glendale Freeway interchange about 4:30 a.m. Feb. 4. She told police that a blue Honda CRX pulled alongside her and an occupant fired at her four or five times.
Carnes told investigators that her assailants' car looked like one belonging to a Barajas family member and that Barajas often used the car, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detective James Crider said.