Bail raised to $10 million for ex-LAPD cop accused of murder in Pomona

Bail raised to $10 million for ex-LAPD cop accused of murder in Pomona
Henry Solis appears in a Los Angeles courtroom. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Bail for a former LAPD officer who allegedly killed a man outside a Pomona nightclub and then fled to Mexico before being captured has been raised to $10 million.

Henry Solis, 27, is charged with murder, assault with a firearm and an allegation he discharged a handgun in the March 13 death of 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez Jr. outside a bar in Pomona. His arraignment is scheduled for June 30.


Los Angeles County prosecutors successfully requested Tuesday that Solis' bail be raised from $2 million, citing his ability to hide in Texas and Mexico with the alleged help of family.

Solis "has access to family members who have proven they are willing to violate the law to harbor him from justice" so the bail must be high enough to ensure Solis will return to court, prosecutors wrote in a motion to the judge.

Authorities say Solis got into a brawl with Rodriguez outside a bar, then chased down Rodriguez and fatally shot him multiple times.

Solis, who had been an LAPD officer for nine months, was off-duty at the time.

"You teach your kids that they're the people that protect and serve and I was surprised because a cop could shoot my son and I know my son wouldn't do anything for a cop to shoot him," Rodriguez's mother said at a court hearing last week.

Hours after Rodriguez was gunned down, Pomona police publicly identified Solis as a person of interest, circulating a flier with his photo and information about his missing car.

The rookie officer didn't show up for work the next day, LAPD officials said.

Authorities allege that Solis abandoned his Volkswagen Jetta not far from the scene and called his father for help.

Authorities said surveillance video showed Victor Solis walking with his son across the border into Mexico. The elder Solis was later arrested and charged with lying to federal investigators in an attempt to help hide his son.

An FBI agent investigating Henry Solis said the former Marine was hiding out in Juarez, a border city in Chihuahua state. Solis grew a beard, stayed indoors and avoided using cellphones or social media. His aunts, uncles and cousins helped move him from house to house, the agent said.

But Mexican authorities eventually arrested him, and he was deported to Texas.

If convicted of the charges, Solis faces life in prison.

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