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Tip Leads to Man’s Arrest in Fatal Shooting of Friend

One day after police publicized the identity of a 51-year-old man they say shot to death a longtime acquaintance over the weekend, investigators received an anonymous tip that led to the suspect’s arrest Monday night.

Los Angeles police arrested David William Forgus at a friend’s apartment in the 8500 block of Tobias Avenue at 11:15 p.m. Monday. That friend did not know Forgus was a fugitive and is not implicated in his flight, police said.

Mike Coffey, a homicide detective with LAPD’s North Hollywood Station, said police received a call from someone who recognized Forgus’ picture on TV.

Forgus, who may be facing his second strike charge, did not resist arrest, police said.

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Police said the heavily tattooed, goateed suspect killed his friend Edwin Nava, 40, on Friday night while Nava sat in his car in front of a residence in the 11100 block of Cantlay Avenue.

Prior to the shooting, Forgus was in the car arguing with Nava, police said. Then he got out, went to a tent where he lived in the backyard of the residence and returned with a revolver.

Forgus shot Nava and fled on a bicycle, police said.

Detectives suspected Forgus was still in the area and held a Monday afternoon news conference to publicize the crime and his physical description.

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Forgus, who is indigent and has no family in the area, is being held at Van Nuys Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. He is scheduled for arraignment on murder charges today.


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