Crime and Safety

Los Angeles man identified as main suspect in the Venice homicides after being arrested following a chase

Los Angeles, California – Officials with the LAPD said on Friday that a man from Los Angeles has been charged with murder in connection with the deaths of a young couple whose bodies were discovered in Venice.

Abelardo Bon, 28, was charged with murder on Tuesday in the deaths of Brandon Neal and Courtney Johnson, both 31 years old at the time of their deaths on April 15. According to the police, Neal resided at the house located in the 1100 block of Berkeley Drive, and Johnson was only there as a guest when she was murdered.

At around 4:50 p.m. that day, the couple was discovered with what seemed to be gunshot wounds. At the time, the police did not make any statements on the manner in which they had died.

After reportedly leading police from the LAPD Southeast Division on a chase on May 19, Bon was taken into custody on allegations of assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon and charged accordingly. Investigators from the West Bureau of Homicide had named Bon as a suspect in the April 15 killings in Venice.

Bail for Bon has been set at $2.3 million, and he is set to appear in court on Monday.

There was no specific information released about the motive in homicides.

If you have any information on the murders or Bon, please call the West Bureau Homicide at (213) 382-9470.

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