LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An 18-year-old gang member has pleaded not guilty in the death of a pizza delivery man who was killed in a car-to-car shooting.

Jose Beltran is accused in the murder of Juan David Vasquez, 25. A judge Wednesday increased his bail from $1 million to $3 million.

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.

LAPD officials say good old-fashioned police work led to Beltran’s arrest.

Rampart detectives found a gun when they pulled Beltran over on Aug. 19. He was driving without a license.

Detectives then linked him to the shooting at the intersection of Silver Lake Boulevard and West Scott Place.

“Using excellent investigative techniques, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Jose Beltran,” Capt. William Murphy said.

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

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

Comments (19)
  1. Carlos says:

    Breaks my heart =( May God watch over the whole entire Vasquez Family.

    1. Stryker 21 says:

      He’s just another ILLEGAL ALIEN here doing a job AMERICANS won’t do. Close the borders and ship every ILLEGAL ALIEN back to their third world toilet bottom feeding country.

  2. carlos says:

    May God bless and Keep the Vasquez family.

  3. BD McGee says:

    shoot this dirtbag in the face. Stop insulting the intelligence of everyone by pleading not guilty you piece of trash.

  4. JoyLynn says:

    my heart goes out ton the mother……it’s the worse nitemare to hear……..peace&blessings to the vasquez family

  5. FAITH says:

    Probably was an offspring from gang parents. So sad the generation of stupid-ass gangs and their gang kids.

  6. wobbles says:

    Can we please start executing murderers like this? It blows my mind how all the priviledged liberal folks who don’t have to live among animals like this will wring their hands about a murderer’s death but think nothing of their victims.

    1. Fed up with California says:

      You must love the report then on the “Nanny” state on babysitting pay legislation. Check it out.

  7. christian says:

    Can someone give me ONE reason why this POS coward should be allowed to live? These gangmembers are real tough guys. All they do is pull triggers. They can’t even fight there way out of a wet paper bag.

  8. Arpaio says:

    Anchor Babies coming to a city near you..

  9. David Nyquist says:

    agh does the little punk-*ss live with mommy. Well,,,,mommy, we should take your trash out and stand him up and shoot him. next case.

  10. Fera No More says:

    Um, please remind me why we don’t have better policing to stop all gang violence and gang activity. Why is the national guard not called in to swoop up every last D-bag gang banger, no matter how old they are, and wipe them off the face of the earth. Wait, better yet, lets put them to work as super cheap labor and make them help rebuild the state economy. All gangs are composed of low life’s and losers from A to Z, Armo and Aryan to Zhetas bojo’s. We Americans are tired of living in fear. Take back the streets.

  11. The Big Logic says:

    The Mex have copied the nigra lifestyle, but they don’t fit the profile. They’re not savages in the mold of the nigra, and should understand that. What thay have been accomplishing the last decade is to have other races fear, and hate them as they do the nigra, and there is no reason for that to be the case.

    1. Fed up with California says:

      What are you, a racists idiot. Go blow your head off with a fire hose to try to put out your fire of hate.

    2. Veritas says:

      Many Blacks, especially the younger ones, have NO RESPECT for the rights of other people or their property.

      You can take the animal out of the jungle. But you can’t take the jungle out of the animal. That’s why lions, tigers and gorillas are kept in cages at the zoo.

      But not all of the animals are in cages:

      Blacks are only 13 percent of the population, but

      “Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.”


  12. YIKES says:

    I knew Jose..He lives in my mom’s building. I feel so much sympathy for the family. They are good people.

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