LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Police say they’ve arrested several people in connection with the Halloween hit-and-run deaths of three teenage girls who were trick-or-treating in Santa Ana.
Police say officers made multiple arrests as of Sunday morning.READ MORE: Service Interrupted This Weekend On Metro's A & E Lines
Officials declined to provide additional details ahead of a news conference scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m.
The arrests were reportedly made around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
The three teens, 13-year-old twin sisters — Lexi and Lexandra Perez — and 13-year-old friend Andrea Gonzalez, were struck and killed Friday night in a Santa Ana crosswalk. A damaged black Honda SUV was found a short distance from where the collision occurred.
KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper spoke to Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Polido who said police will announce as many as five arrests in the case.
Police would not confirm that number to Hopper.
Authorities said initially they were looking for the driver and his passenger, also believed to be male. It is unclear who the other three suspects are.READ MORE: Orange County Sees Drastic Spike In Anti-Asian Hate Incidents, Report Finds
Also Sunday, Hopper spoke to the brother of victim Andrea Gonzalez.
“The people who did this,” Josafat Gonzalez said, “just left them there. As if they were nothing. They’re finally in custody. They have to answer to justice. That brings such a sigh of relief. Not just to my parents, or to the twins’ family but to the whole community.”
In Spanish, Gonzalez’ mother cried, “They took my little girl away. They took my princess.”
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