Jurors Convict Popeye Louisiana Kitchen Shooter

Published : Monday, May 15, 2017 | 5:04 AM

Pasadena police officers at the scene of the shooting in December, 2015

Jurors at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pasadena found a gang member guilty Friday of one count of attempted murder in connection with the shooting at a man at a fried chicken restaurant in Pasadena in December, 2015.

Deputy District Attorney Stefan Mrakich said Robert Julio Arnaud, 28, of Los Angeles, could face up to 65 years to life in state prison for the crime, a City News Service report said. He is scheduled for sentencing on June 15.

A co-defendant, Jose Garcia, 34, of Azusa, will be tried at the same court on May 24 on one count of being an accessory after the fact with knowledge of the crime. Garcia faces up to 25 years in state prison if convicted.

Prosecutors said both defendants committed their crime on behalf of a criminal street gang and that they were both convicted in 2008 of assault with a deadly weapon. The complaint also alleged Arnaud used a handgun in the commission of the crime and that Garcia also was convicted of attempted robbery in 2004.

On December 29, Arnaud allegedly confronted two men at the parking lot of the Popeye Louisiana Kitchen restaurant in the 800 block of North Lake Avenue at about 10 p.m. and soon after opened fire, the complaint said.

One victim escaped unharmed. The other was shot in the leg but survived.

Prosecutors allege Garcia helped Arnaud the day after the crime by disposing of evidence.

Both men pleaded not guilty during separate arraignment proceedings in January.





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