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Alhambra man, 73, arrested for 1981 cold-case murder

Abraham Tovar (LAPD)

May 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 73-year-old Alhambra man was arrested Wednesday for a cold-case murder committed in 1981.

LAPD officers located Abraham Tovar at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and arrested him at his Alhambra residence on an outstanding felony homicide warrant.

Tovar is accused of fatally beating and shooting Charles McGhee, 31, on the night of January 1, 1981, in a vacant lot on the 2300 block of South Central Avenue in Los Angeles.

Abraham and brother Andrew Tovar allegedly had a dispute with an unknown person in the lot earlier the same day. The brothers returned to the lot for revenge later that night, but did not find the person they originally had quarreled with. The brothers were armed with a handgun and a hatchet, according to the LAPD.

The brothers attacked McGhee and Wayne Alexis. Abraham allegedly shot both victims. McGhee was killed at the scene. Alexis survived and testified against Andrew Tovar, who was convicted and served time in state prison. Andrew has since died.

Abraham Tovar remained a fugitive for the past 31 years. His arrest Wednesday was the result of a months-long investigation.