LONG BEACH (CNS / FOX 11) - DNA evidence linked an Oklahoma man to the Aug. 6 shooting deaths in Long Beach of a 26-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter, police said Monday in announcing his arrest.
Brandon Colbert, 22, of Tulsa, was booked Sunday on suspicion of murdering Carina Mancera and her daughter, Jennabel Anaya, near Ninth Street and Locust Avenue as they were returning home from getting groceries.
Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna said Colbert had been in custody since Aug. 27, when he was arrested by Los Angeles police on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle and a DNA swab was obtained from him.
He was taken into custody by Long Beach police on Saturday after DNA evidence linked him to the double murder, Luna said.
Last month, police released two pieces of surveillance footage of the suspect, who was seen at a convenience store near the scene of the shooting.
The other footage was taken on a Metro Blue Line train which goes between downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach.
Luis Anaya told investigators that a man walked up to his longtime girlfriend and their daughter at 10:20 p.m. and suddenly -- without provocation -- opened fire, then ran off. He said he did not recognize the man, nor did
anyone else in the neighborhood.
The gunman also fired at Anaya, but missed, according to police.
Investigators believe Colbert took a bus from Tulsa to Los Angeles on Aug. 3-4, and they asked anyone who spoke to him on the bus or afterward to call Long Beach police at (562) 570-7244.
The case against Colbert will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office on Tuesday, Luna said.
A $40,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the suspect's arrest and conviction.
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