Women in kidnap, slaying due in court in Las Vegas

first_imgBoth women were sought on felony warrants charging them with homicide and child abduction, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao said. Authorities said Miles was found shot in the torso in a home where he lived with the boy’s grandparents, Sylvia and Monroe Miles. The couple said Tuesday they were focused on their grandson’s safe return. “My son Monroe Miles paid the ultimate price in trying to protect Manaen, and at least his death was not in vain,” Monroe Miles told KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Amber Alerts were issued for the boy in California and Nevada because sheriff’s investigators believed the women headed toward Ochoa’s last known address, in Henderson. Las Vegas police, acting on a tip from investigators in Los Angeles, found the silver Mitsubishi Diamante sedan that Ochoa and Dean were believed to have been driving parked near a home in the West Las Vegas neighborhood, Lee said. Police were watching when the women, the boy and the Las Vegas man emerged from the house on Tuesday and got into another car. They were arrested about 12:30 p.m., several blocks away. Lee said an earlier tip, spurred by the Amber Alert bulletins, prompted a Las Vegas police officer to check the silver Mitsubishi on Monday. But investigators decided they could not tell the car was the one being sought. “It was just a plain car, the same make, model and color” as many others, Lee said, adding that the car had no license plate and police did not have a vehicle identification number. After the arrest, the man was questioned and released, Lee said. His name was not made public. Ochoa, 22, and Dean, reported to be 25, were being held at the Clark County jail pending extradition hearings Thursday. Jail records listed Dean’s first and middle names as Misha Rashaz, and put her age at 22. A Los Angeles sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday he could not immediately account for the discrepancy. Lee said the women were questioned in Las Vegas by Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives about the Sunday slaying of Monroe Miles, 32, the boy’s paternal uncle, and the abduction of the boy from Miles’ home in Altadena. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued an Amber Alert on Sunday, saying Ochoa did not have legal custody of her son. A sheriff’s office statement alleged that Ochoa “shot and killed a relative who was caring for the child, took the child and left.” Another statement said only that Dean “has been identified as having been involved in the commission of this crime.” The nature of Dean’s relationship with Ochoa was not immediately known. LAS VEGAS – Two women are due in court in Las Vegas today after being arrested in the fatal shooting of an Altadena man during the alleged kidnap of a 4-year-old boy, who was rescued unharmed, authorities said. Vanessa Ochoa and Mesha Arshaz Dean were taken into custody Tuesday without incident, police Lt. Ted Lee said. The women had been sought for two days as authorities broadcast Amber Alert bulletins across California and Nevada. The women were unarmed when they were found in a car driven by an unidentified man in a West Las Vegas neighborhood, Lee said. Ochoa’s son, 4-year-old Manaen Miles, was turned over to Clark County child protective services officials. “He was fine as far as we could tell,” Lee said. “He didn’t need any medical attention.” last_img read more