LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Police have arrested an 18-year-old suspect in connection to the murder of a pizza delivery man.

Murder charges were officially filed Monday against Jose Beltran for the death of Juan David Vasquez, 20. He was arrested on Aug. 19 by officers from the LAPD’s Rampart division.

Vasquez was shot in the head in what authorities are calling a road-rage incident while driving two co-workers home in the early morning hours of August 7. The youngest of four children, Vasquez worked two jobs to help support his family. He was a bus boy at one restaurant and delivered pizzas for another.

The shooting took place at Silver Lake Boulevard and West Scott Place.

Beltran lives with his mother, not far from the crime scene police said. Officials said Beltran was identified as the murder suspect by a witness.

Beltran will be arraigned Wednesday. He is being held at the LA County Jail on $1 million bail.

Vasquez’s mother took her son off life support on her birthday. She returned his body to Mexico last week for burial.

Comments (25)
  1. greg says:

    18 years old and lives with mommy, so not responsible enough to live on his own but tough enough and man enough to kill 2 people, you have to just love the motivation to get ahead some people have, but boy does he look cool, must really be a ladies man with all the cash he steals and mommy ironing his stolen clothes, disgusting, now we wait to hear momma on TV saying “My baby wouldn’t do that, my baby is a good boy” like she would know, she probably drinks and smokes crack all day

    1. David R. says:

      To be fair, most people are still in high school or just graduated from high school at age 18. Living at home with ones parents is pretty normal for an 18 year old. The average 18 year old has no real skills and can’t do much of anything in terms of work other than getting a job at a resturant or some other low paying job. Also, this guy killed one person, not two. Get your facts straight.

  2. greg says:

    Correction, kill 1 person

    1. been there says:

      if you get a life sentence at 18 yrs….you will wish you was dead when you see on tv or start having dreams of the last girl you was with.. from experience….looking at those nude pic in your cell locker is only going to make it worst. if cutie decided to write & send you some pic …you will start to think about what year you will get out. and before you know it….she will send you some picture of her new born baby, …a year later. then you wonder why you did what you did. even those gangmember with guns & streets tattoes all over thier bodys, they cry like hell when its lights out.

  3. spider says:

    this happened up the street from me and i kept thinking of juan david , a good young man working two jobs…i am so happy if they have caught the man who killed him and may he rot in jail forever

  4. pym says:


    yes a good illegal busboy who probably had taxes taken out of his two jobs and was hardworking & decent

    1. John says:

      Why are you worrying about taxes being taken out of someones paycheck? Someone gets murdered and the first thing you can think of is whether or not he had taxes taken out of his paycheck..LOL You’re a huge loser.

      1. Shocked says:

        It was a sarcastic response to a previous post. Careful who you call a loser. glass houses.

      2. pym says:

        thank you shocked



  5. Rosie V says:

    why does this have to be a race issue .. He was a decent Hardworking Human being whose life was taken senselessly ….God Bless you and my condolences to the Family

    1. Arpaio says:

      It’s race issue because we can track the success of years of lack of immigration enforcement. Obviously, unsuccessful.

  6. Karen says:

    His body was sent back to Mexico so they do have a point. I’m sure he was a hard working person.

    I am also sure that he took jobs away from hard working Americans AND he sent his money to Mexico.

    You’ve seen the signs – enviar el dinero a Mexico.

  7. Karen says:

    Not to forget – I wonder who footed the bill for the life support considering the 2 jobs he had probably did not offer health insurance as a benefit?

  8. 5th generation american latina says:

    yea id love to see a few lazy ass gringos working on the fruit fields… puhleasee, when do you see a person of illegal american entry come here and take “good american jobs”? most come to do jobs most of you white ass wipes would not do even if the money was good. so hush.

    1. JM says:

      You can say that again…All these fn white people and their f-ed up sense of entitlement.

      1. Karen says:

        I actually worked in the fields every summer for years. I’m not lazy and neither are many Americans. I have zero sense of entitlement but a very strong work ethic.

    2. pym says:

      andale latina..
      you are so right. there are no americans who are willing to pick strawberrys for pennies.

      1. Karen says:

        I was paid 50 cents a bushel back in the 60s and 70s. Now I have better jobs because I have an education.

  9. Homer says:

    It’s funny cuz I don’t know him.

  10. 5th generation american latina says:

    uh, every summer??? ok. Karen.. let me guess, white, single , bitter female? no friends? a big mac and the computer you sit in front of are the only things that make you wake up ever morning or noon? hmmm?? hmmm?? bitter.. bitter.

    1. Karen says:

      Actually, I just finished working on my second job before getting ready for work. I post on blogs when taking breaks from my two jobs.

  11. Cio says:

    It’s ridiculous what the responses to this post is, how about some empathy for the family of the deceased, Look past it all and think about one of your closest, being murdered. It’s no wonder our society is the way it is. We can’t see beyond ourselves, pretty sad.

    1. BD McGee says:

      up yours. Learn proper grammar, chica.

  12. pym says:

    one more thing. his mother donated his ILLEGAL body organs…i am sure many Legal americans benefited from this.
    el fue valiente

    1. Karen says:

      As if that is a reason to allow illegal aliens into the country. Geesh. Look at the costs involved in this situation. Law enforcement time and hospital costs and I say we would not have them had these people been legal in the first place.

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