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Police identify suspected teenage killer

Jahziel 'Smash' Valenzo is accused of fatally shooting a 19-year-old Glendora man outside an apartment building in Azusa.

May 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Deputies are searching for a 17-year-old male suspected of killing a 19-year-old Glendora man outside an apartment building in Azusa.Investigators say Jahziel 'Smash' Valenzo shot Ramon Preciado Jr. Monday, in what they describe as a dispute between rival gangs, in the yard of an apartment complex in the 600 block of Rockvale Avenue.

Deputies say three teenagers were seen riding bicycles away from the apartment complex after the shooting, but their investigation later identified Valenzo as the suspected gunman.

Valenzo remains at large and deputies are asking for the public's help in finding him.

Valenzo is described as Latino, about 5 feet 3 inches, 160 pounds, with dark hair and eyes. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call sheriff's detectives at (323) 890-5604 or (323) 890-5549.