As the New Year begins, notable crimes committed toward the end of 2018 are either making their way through the courts or remain unsolved. Here’s an update:
Maximo Muy, 25, the man accused of shooting three innocent bystanders outside of Johnny’s Bar on York Blvd. in Highland Park on Oct. 6, pleaded “not guilty” to the charges during a court appearance on Dec. 5. A preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 31, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Muy, of Highland Park, is being held in county jail on $4 million bail.
A shooting on Trent Way in Eagle Rock on Nov. 26 is still an open investigation, according to LAPD Det. Larry Burcher. “I am unable to comment on its status,” said Det. Burcher. “No arrests have been made as of yet.” The men who were shot at were described by police as white males in their 20s. One of the men was grazed, other was not hit.
Christian Cuevas, 35, of Las Vegas, and Enrique Rugelio, 30, of Northeast Los Angeles, have each been charged with robbery and fleeing the police after allegedly robbing an auto repair shop at gunpoint in Highland Park on Nov. 27 and then leading police on an hour-long chase that ended in Echo Park.
The suspects fled on foot after crashing their vehicle and were arrested shortly after by officers who chased them. A handgun was recovered from one of the suspects after the pursuit ended. Mr. Cuevas is being held on $175,000 bail. Mr. Rugelio is being held on $195,000 bail. A court date for the two men is Jan. 16.