The FBI and Los Angeles police have arrested a 25-year-old man in the shooting deaths of at least three rival gang members, officials said Thursday.
William Vasquez was taken into custody Oct. 13 at the apartment complex where he lived in the Westlake district, investigators said. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three murder charges and was being held on $2-million bail.
"They believe he may be tied to other murders," said Lt. Paul Vernon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Detectives said Vasquez, who went by the street name "Crook," was believed to have shot a rival gang member to death in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles about three years ago. The LAPD declined to provide further information about the incident.