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Gang member sentenced for killing baby in Van Nuys three years ago

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Ricardo Hernandez

Justice has been a long time coming in the case of Andrew Garcia, a 4-month-old infant shot dead outside a Van Nuys home in 2009.

But today the baby boy’s killer, 26-year-old Ricardo Hernandez, was sentenced by a judge to eight consecutive life sentences plus 125 years, the county DA’s Office announced.

Hernandez, a member of the notorious Blythe Street Gang, was convicted by a jury on April 16 of first-degree murder, six counts of attempted murder and several gang and other enhancements, leading to a sentence that guarantees he will die in prison.

An accomplice in the shooting, Alfonzo Landa of Panorama City, pleaded no contest last year to voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder and was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.

According to police, on Sept. 27, 2009, Hernandez and Landa approached a gathering on the 14300 block of Kittridge Street where people were celebrating Andrew’s baptism. Andrew’s babysitter, 28-year-old Anna Contreras, was feeding him inside a car.


Tall, pale, and naked: Nude man in silver car is following women

woman bus stop silhouette

Photo by Andreas Levers via Flickr Creative Commons

LAPD detectives are seeking a naked man who has been following women in the San Fernando Valley.

The suspect, seen sitting in the buff in a 4-door silver compact car, has reportedly trailed two women from a bus stop and police are trying to deterimine if there have been additional, similar occurances.

"At least one victim noticed the suspect was actually nude in the vehicle," noted an LAPD advisory.

The suspect is described by police as a Caucasian male, age 30-35, approximately 6 feet tall and 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD crime analyst Jim Grant at (818) 374-0040. Witnesses exposed to such indecency should call 911 with a car description and licence plate number.