Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide deputies arrested three men Monday on suspicion of murder in the March 20 slaying of a Lakewood man who refused to give up the keys to his Cadillac in the Lakewood Center Mall parking lot.
Eric Rene Johnson, 22, Jamal Dwayne Shuler, 19, and Tywon Nichole Mitchell, 19, were arrested at various locations in Bellflower and Paramount, deputies said. They were scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Los Cerritos Municipal Court in Bellflower.
FOR THE RECORD - Corrections
Los Angeles Times Sunday April 19, 1992 Home Edition Long Beach Part J Page 3 Column 3 Zones Desk 1 inches; 31 words Type of Material: Correction
Mall shooting--Due to incorrect information from the Sheriff's Department, a story Thursday incorrectly identified a man who was shot to death March 20 in a parking lot at the Lakewood Center Mall. The victim was Sandy John.
According to deputies, John Sandy, 49, was approached at 7:49 p.m. March 20 by two men who demanded the keys to his 1987 Coupe de Ville. He was shot once with a .45 caliber pistol when he refused to surrender the keys and died three hours later at Lakewood Doctors Hospital. The shooting occurred during a rainstorm. Sandy had left his wife and daughter at the mall entrance, planning to return with the car to pick them up.
The Cadillac was found the next morning in Downey. The pistol that police believed was used in the shooting also has been recovered, authorities said.
In addition to facing murder charges, the suspects are being investigated in connection with a series of armed robberies in the Lakewood and Cerritos areas, deputies said.