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2 Arrested in Slayings of 3 Men Found in Parked Car

February 15, 2004|From a Times Staff Writer

Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives arrested two suspects in the fatal shootings of three men whose bodies were found last month inside a Mercedes-Benz sedan at a La Mirada strip mall, authorities said Saturday.

The victims apparently were lured to a home in the Whittier area "under the guise of a legal business proposition," sheriff's spokesman Scott Butler said.

Authorities said the men were robbed and fatally shot inside the home. Their bodies were then driven to a parking lot in the 14500 block of Telegraph Road. They were discovered Jan. 30.

Cimarron Bell, 29, and Briaell Lee, 21, of Los Angeles were arrested and booked on murder charges. Bell was being held on $1-million bail Saturday at county jail; Lee was being held without bail. Detectives executed a search warrant at Bell's house in the 11900 block of Inez Avenue in the unincorporated area of Whittier on Friday night, Butler said. They believe the men were killed there.

The bodies of Mario Larios, 23, and Edgar Valles, 22, both of West Covina, were found inside the car by a man who noticed an odor and opened an unlocked back door.

Detectives found the body of Fernando Pina, 25, of Mexico, in the trunk. They all died of multiple gunshot wounds, Butler said.

Larios was the co-owner of National Fence in Santa Fe Springs, and Valles worked for him, deputies said. They were last seen leaving the business on the morning of Jan. 27.

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