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2 charged in death in botched NoHo robbery

Police said two men have been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting during a North Hollywood robbery last week.

January 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Two suspects were formally charged with capital murder Tuesday for the shooting death of a man who tried to help his grandfather during a robbery in North Hollywood.

Evin Ortiz, 22, of Valley Glen and Rene Ramirez, 29, of Panorama City are scheduled to make court appearances Wednesday. A third suspect remains at large and unidentified.

Last week, 24-year-old Danilo Morales chased after three men who police say robbed his 68-year-old grandfather on Coldwater Canyon Avenue.

One of the suspects fatally shot Morales.

Ortiz and Ramirez were charged with one count each of special-circumstance murder, attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and second-degree robbery.

The special circumstance of murder for robbery makes this a potential death penalty case. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.

Anyone with information related to the case should contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) LAPD-24-7.