Suspect Arrested In Killing of 70-Year-Old LADWP Worker

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Police today announced the arrest of a 22-year-old man accused of fatally injuring a longtime Department of Water and Power worker who was attacked in downtown Los Angeles just after finishing a shift and died the following day at a hospital.

Gerson Carrillo Torres, who police said was recognized from surveillance video, was in the area of Third and Wall streets in downtown Los Angeles when LAPD officers detained him on Thursday.

He was booked on suspicion of murder, with bail set at $2 million.

The victim, 70-year-old Julius Rondez, was attacked July 2 about 4:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Temple Street. He was knocked him to the ground, and in the fall, hit his head on the pavement, according to the LAPD.

``Julius was the victim of a violent and senseless attack that occurred on July 2nd just after finishing work,'' LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said Thursday. ``A member of the LADWP family for over 33 years, Julius ... had an impressive work ethic and drive that helped him succeed and overcome challenges.''

Rondez is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

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