A Los Angeles man has been charged with the murder of a Salvadoran national found bleeding and suffering from severe burns on New Years Day 2021 near the La Loma Bridge, who later succumbed to his injuries.
The accused killer has also been charged with a second murder in an unrelated incident.
On January 1, 2021, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Pasadena police officers responded to the 700 block of Rockwood Road regarding a “Man Down” call. Upon arrival, they found Ulises Nieto-Cabrera, 30, fatally injured.
Nieto-Cabrera was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. He died shortly afterwards.
The Pasadena Police Department’s Robbery/Homicide Unit initiated an immediate investigation and it was determined that Nieto-Cabrera had been intentionally targeted and set on fire.
Pasadena detectives worked hundreds of hours investigating the case, according to police.
While working the Nieto-Cabrera homicide case, Pasadena detectives uncovered a suspected connection to a murder that occurred in the city of Los Angeles in April 2022. In this second case, two cyclists were hit by a Jeep Cherokee. The collision, later ruled a murder, resulted in the death of one of the cyclists, police said.
Detectives have successfully identified the vehicle and driver involved in the Los Angeles murder case, according to police. Other than the suspect involved, the two cases were unrelated.
On September 15, 2022, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed a felony complaint against 21-year-old Jeovani Pluma of Los Angeles for the murders and related crimes.
No motive has been disclosed in relation to any of the allegations.
Pluma faces two counts of murder, one count of torture, one count of arson causing grievous bodily harm and two counts of hit and run. Pluma’s bail was set at $4,000,000. He is currently being held by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on unrelated charges.
This murder investigation is still active and the Pasadena Police Department urges anyone with information regarding this murder to contact Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241. You can report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), using your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. ‘Apple, or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.