first_imgThe other suspects under arrest are Juan Carlos Gutierrez, 31; Israel Flores, 20; Milcar Valencia Romero, 21; Jesse Anthony Castro, 20 and two juveniles aged 16 and 17. All were booked on suspicion of murder, though officials have not said which one they believe fired the fatal shot. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champDetectives said that the system paid off Monday night following the woman’s slaying. As soon as the radio call went out reporting the drive-by shooting, Sgt. Ruby Malachi had an idea. Malachi, who runs the LAPD’s crime analysis center below City Hall East, directed her officers to punch in the date, time and location into the computer tracking the movements of the 20 gang members. She noticed that one of the gang members was at the Wilton Place address when the shooting occurred. At the scene, witnesses said they saw seven people in a black sport utility vehicle from which the shots were fired. A police helicopter tracked the gang member’s GPS trail to Compton, where he was in a black SUV. The SUV parked at a home in Compton, and seven men got out. Police set up surveillance of the house and eventually arrested seven suspects including the MS-13 gang member being tracked, 20-year-old John Garcia. In what is described as a first for the LAPD, detectives say they got an immediate break in a slaying case by using a Global Positioning Satellite system that was tracking the movements of gang members. Police Chief William Bratton scheduled a news conference this morning to announce the arrests of the gang members, who are suspected in the slaying of Nelly Vergara Hernandez, a young woman shot to death in a Mid-City neighborhood plagued by gang activity. Hernandez, who was 19 or 20, was shot Monday in the 2400 block of Venice Boulevard, near Arlington Avenue, according to the LAPD. As part of a new state crackdown on gangs, authorities last month placed GPS monitoring bracelets on 20 gang members as a condition of their parole from prison. The bracelets keep a running log of where the 20 gangs members are and include time-stamped mapping. last_img read more