Suspects Arrested and Charged in Last Week’s Broad-Daylight Murder, Now Described as a Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Published : Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 4:56 AM

Pasadena police announced Friday two suspects have been arrested and charged with murder and other crimes in connection with last week’s shooting death of a Los Angeles man in a parking lot in the 100 block of Painter Street.

Anthony Michael Tafoya Ortiz, 24, of Los Angeles was found lying in a carport by officers responding to 911 calls of shots fired on Aug. 9 about 11 a.m. Ortiz was taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He died last Sunday.

Police identified the two suspects as Lamarr Marquise McDaniels II, 24-years-old, of Monrovia, and Trevor James Dorman, 19-years-old, also a Monrovia resident.

The police investigation reportedly revealed Ortiz was shot after a planned robbery and marijuana drug deal went awry.

A source familiar with the case said investigators believe the suspects arranged to buy marijuana from Ortiz but in fact intended to rob him.

The source said that although the state is regulating the sale of marijuana that is sold legally, a thriving, all-cash black market still exists which is dangerous and “ugly.”

The first suspect to be arrested was McDaniels, who was taken into custody the day after the shooting by United States Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and Pasadena Police Detectives.

Dorman was arrested Thursday in the city of Covina, also by the Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and Pasadena Detectives.

The case against the men was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Friday, authorities said.

As a result, police said, the District Attorney has filed murder, conspiracy, and attempted robbery charges against Dorman and murder, conspiracy, attempted robbery, and assault with firearm charges against McDaniels.

McDaniels’ bail has been set at $3,080,000. His next court date is on August 29.

Dorman is being held without bail and his next court date is on August 27.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Pasadena Police at (626)- 744-4241 or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website

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