LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Detectives arrested 21-year-old Rosa Barrientos, a resident of Los Angeles and 25-year-old Maria Inzunza, a Hollywood resident, for the murder of 61-year-old liquor store clerk Mohammed Kalam. On September 24, North Hollywood Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a robbery in process which was upgraded to shots fired in the 12600 block of Sherman Way. Officers found Kalam with a gunshot wound to the upper head.
Witnesses originally stated to police that they saw two suspects, a male and female, enter the liquor store. According to witnesses, it appeared as if they were demanding something. A gun shot was heard and the suspects fled the store and entered a possible gray four door vehicle and fled south on Bellaire Avenue. Kalam was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that both Barrientos and Inzunza are each facing one count of murder with the special circumstance allegation that the crime was committed during a robbery, and one count of attempted robbery of the second degree.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the case includes allegations that Barrientos killed the victim by personally and intentionally using a handgun, and that she was convicted of second-degree robbery last year. Barrientos and Inzunza are being held with no bail.
Anyone with additional information they are urged to call Detective Steve Castro of the LAPD Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1925. If calling the police during non-business or on weekends dial 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anonymous calls should be made to the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters may 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 as their local program.