HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department arrested Gregory Baranovsky, 39, of Los Angeles on Thursday, February 15, around 3:25 p.m. in connection to the murder of Yuvini Cortez. The FBI and LAPD Fugitive Task Force located Baranovsky near the 3000 block of Temple Street. According to the LAPD Blog, investigators believe the susepct was committing a burglary when he shot and killed the victim who was working as a maintenance worker at the apartment complex.
On February 12, around 2:30 p.m., Hollywood area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a shooting in the 2000 block of Argyle Avenue. After arriving on the scene, officers found Cortez suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. Detectives investigation revealed, Cortez was working inside the apartment complex when the suspect entered the location and shot Cortez once in the torso. Baranovsky fled the scene on foot.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced Cortez at scene. Baranovsky was booked for 187(a) PC-Murder, and is being held without bail. The case was presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration on February 19.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide, Detective Sean Kinchla at 213-382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters can also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers.