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2 Suspects Arrested in Connection With Deadly Shooting Outside Pasadena Taco Shop

Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 5:05 pm
Pasadena Fire Dept. personnel rush Bernardo Cortez Velasco, 23, of Azusa, into a rescue ambulance for transportation to a local hospital after he was struck by gunfire and critically wounded in the 2500 block of East Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena on Saturday, March 13, 2021. (RMG News)

Police on Tuesday announced the arrests of two suspects in connection with the fatal shooting of an Azusa man as he sat in a car outside a Pasadena taco shop last month.

Evan Roland Bynum, 26, of Los Angeles, and Dante Dejuan Ward, 33, of Irvine, are each accused of murder and attempted murder, the Pasadena Police Department said in a written statement. Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday after the suspects were found and arrested on Friday.

The deadly attack took place shortly before 9 p.m. on March 13 in a parking lot outside a strip mall at the northeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Altadena Drive, according to Pasadena Police Department and Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials.

Bernardo Cortez Velasco, 23, of Azusa, died following the shooting, officials said.

He was sitting in a car with a 19-year-old Duarte woman when an attacker opened fire into the vehicle, police said at the time.

Velasco succumbed to his wounds at a hospital the following morning, police said. His passenger was injured by flying glass but not seriously hurt.

“Through their exhaustive yet diligent efforts, detectives established several investigative leads and were able to identify persons of interest who were likely responsible for the murder,” according to the police statement.

Homicide detectives, along with the department’s Criminal Intelligence Violence Crimes Unit and the Pacific Southwest Regional Task Force team, carried out searches at multiple locations on Friday, arresting two suspects and seizing evidence, police said.

No details regarding a motive in the killing were available.

Bail for Bynum was set at $4 million pending legal proceedings, officials said. Ward was being held in lieu of $3.1 million bail.

Anyone with information was urged to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.


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