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Long Beach PD arrests 12 suspect in connection to murder investigation on the 2700 block of East 7th Street

On September 2 – 5, 2020, the Long Beach Police Department arrested 10 individuals in connection to the October 29, 2019 shooting at a residence in the 2700 block of E. 7th Street. The arrested individuals are listed below:

  • David Long, 20-years-old and a resident of Long Beach, was arrested in Long Beach. He was booked for murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail.
  • Christopher Williams, 28-years-old and a resident of Redlands, was arrested in Redlands. He was booked for murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail.
  • Ryan Sim, 18-years-old and a resident of Long Beach, was arrested in San Jose. He was booked for murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail.
  • Kaylin Thik, 21-years-old and a resident of Ontario, was arrested in Ontario. He was booked for murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail.
  • Derrik Mith, 27-years-old and a resident of Ontario, was arrested in Ontario. He was booked for felon in possession of a firearm and was held on $35,000 bail.
  • Joshua Sam, 41-years-old and a resident of Long Beach, was arrested in Long Beach. He was booked for murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail.
  • Grant Johnson, 35-years-old and a resident of Orange, was arrested in Orange. He was booked for murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail.
  • Dara Chhun, 27-years-old and a resident of Spring Valley, was arrested in Spring Valley. He was booked as an accessory to murder and is being held on $1,000,000 bail.
  • Samnang Long, 37-years-old and a resident of Long Beach, was arrested in Long Beach. He was booked for felon in possession of a firearm and was held on $35,000 bail.
  • Andy Prok, 28-years-old and a resident of Long Beach, was arrested in Long Beach. He was booked for carrying a loaded firearm in public and was held on $35,000 bail.

ADDITIONAL ARRESTS
Through investigative interviews, Homicide Detectives discovered suspects Danny Sourn and Jeremy Penh to also be responsible for this murder.

Danny Sourn, 26-years-old and a resident of Long Beach, was already in custody for a 2018 murder. He was booked for murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail.
Jeremy Penh, 25-years-old and a resident of Long Beach, was already in custody for an unrelated 2020 attempted murder and is being held on $1,000,000 bail.

RECAP OF THE OCTOBER 29, 2019 INCIDENT

On October 29, 2019 at approximately 10:45 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 2700 block of E. 7th Street regarding reports of a shooting, which resulted in the death of three male adults and nine injured victims.

The deceased victims were identified as:

  • Maurice Poe Jr., a 25-year-old resident of the City of Long Beach
  • Melvin Williams II, a 35-year-old resident of the City of Gardena
  • Ricardo Torres, a 28-year-old resident of the City of Inglewood

Long Beach Detectives, especially Homicide Detectives, worked tirelessly to bring those responsible for this tragedy to justice. Based on their investigation, officers have determined the following:

  • On October 29, 2019, eight of the suspects met on the 5700 block of Orange Avenue and traveled 7 miles in a caravan of three vehicles to a residence on the 2700 block of E. 7th Street.
  • The suspects arrived and opened fire into the backyard of the residence where a Halloween-themed birthday party was being held.
  • There were approximately 25 to 30 party goers present at the time of the shooting.
  • The suspects immediately fled the area.
  • A total of 12 victims were struck by gunfire; three of those victims sustained immediate fatal wounds and the remaining nine were transported to local hospitals.

POSSIBLE MOTIVE FOR THE SHOOTING

Detectives believe the suspects had pre-planned an attack on what they incorrectly believed to be a rival gang party. However, none of the victims were gang members.

GUNS RECOVERED

Through this operation, eight firearms were recovered, including three “ghost guns.”

SEARCH WARRANT LOCATIONS

1700 block of Gaviota Avenue, Long Beach, CA
6600 block of Walnut Avenue, Long Beach, CA
2700 block of Matthias Court, San Jose, CA
1000 block of S Palmetto Avenue, Ontario, CA
900 block of Lombard Drive, Redlands, CA
4600 block of E. Belgravia Avenue, Fresno, CA
300 block of E. Morningside Street, Long Beach, CA
15100 block of Orange Avenue, Paramount, CA
100 block of N. Grant Place, Orange, CA
600 block of Presioca Street, Spring Valley, CA
1800 block of E. 11th Street, Long Beach, CA
1100 block of Walnut Avenue, Long Beach, CA
6000 block of Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA
2550 block of E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA
5300 block of Orange Avenue, Long Beach, CA

THANK YOU

The LBPD would like to thank our partners at the Los Angeles Federal Bureau of Investigation, Seattle Federal Bureau of Investigation, San Diego Federal Bureau of Investigation – SWAT, U.S. Marshals Service, Los Angeles IMPACT Taskforce, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Fresno Police Department, Orange Police Department, Modesto Police Department, Garden Grove Police Department, and the San Jose Police Department and their MERGE Unit for their resources and support in the apprehension of various suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to call Homicide Detectives Mark Mattia and Donald Collier at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

This article was released by the Long Beach Police Department.