Police told the LA Times that the cellphone of one of two USC graduate students murdered last month helped lead police to the men they believe are responsible for their deaths. Apparently, one of the men arrested on Friday took a cellphone from one of the victims and detectives were able to locate him by tracking the phone’s signals.
The LAPD arrested Bryan Barnes, 20, of Los Angeles, and Javier Bolden, 19, of Palmdale on Friday in connection with the murders of Ying Wu and Ming Qu. The Chinese graduate students were shot to death near the University of Southern California campus last month.
Barnes and Bolden were booked at LAPD’s 77th Street Station jail, where they are being held without bail pending arraignment.
During a press conference on Friday, Chief Charlie Beck said he was proud of his investigators who worked “tirelessly” on the case: “This was a case that reverberated throughout Los Angeles as well as internationally. This was a case that needed to be solved.”
Police sources told the LA Times that shells found near where the students were shot to death on April 11 linked the two suspects to two other attempted homicides.