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Second man suspected of driving in deadly street race charged with murder

Police have arrested a second suspect wanted in connection with a deadly street race in Chatsworth

A second driver wanted in connection with an illegal street race that left two dead in Chatsworth last week has been arrested, police said.

Irael Valenzuela, 38, of Los Angeles was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles on suspicion of murder after police received tips from the public about him, Los Angeles police Officer Liliana Preciado said.

He was charged Thursday afternoon with two counts of murder and one count of engaging in a vehicle speed contest on a highway -- an action that also caused a concussion, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Police had been searching for the driver after they said he fled the scene. Police said he was racing Henry Michael Gevorgyan on Plummer Street.

Gevorgyan, 21, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder charges stemming from the race. Gevorgyan and Valenzuela face the same charges, Santiago said.

Police said his Ford Mustang spun out of control and veered into a group of spectators during the street race at an industrial park.

Eric Siguenza, 26, of Los Angeles and Wilson Thomas Wong, 50, of Torrance were killed and a third man was injured.

Gevorgyan faces two counts of murder and one count of engaging in a vehicle speed contest on a highway -- an action that also caused a concussion, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Gevorgyan’s attorney, Kate Hardie, told The Times that Gevorgyan was not driving the Mustang at the time of the fatal crash.

A video from the street race shows Gevorgyan standing at the starting line between the two cars, she said.

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UPDATE

1:20 p.m.: This story was updated to include information about Valenzuela being charged with two counts of murder.

This story was originally published at 12:20 p.m.

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