Girl OD’ed on combo of morphine/heroin; supplier sought in death

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first_imgThe partially nude body of a 15-year-old New York girl was found dead this summer in a North Hollywood converted garage, a coroner’s official said today. She apparently overdosed from a combination of morphine, heroin and other drugs, and her alleged supplier, a man now wanted by the FBI, called 911 report her death while on the run 36 minutes after she died, court records reveal. Her official cause of death is undetermined, a coroner’s official said. The body of Jennifer L. Elias, wearing only a jacket, was found about 2 p.m. on June 27 on the bed of a North Hollywood garage, said Los Angeles County Coroner’s Capt. Ed Winter. The man who called 911 to report the death was Arcesio Escobar, a 49-year-old laundry cleaner worker, who is accused of supplying drugs to juveniles and is wanted by the FBI for fleeing the country. According to an affidavit written to establish probable cause, sometime between June 15 and June 27, Escobar provided marijuana to several juveniles. Escobar then fled to Mexico following Jennifer’s death, court records show. About 36 minutes after she died, Escobar called 911 and reported that a girl had overdosed on drugs at his house and was dead, court records show. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ The ambulance arrived at the house at about 2:40 p.m. and Escobar was not there, records show. Police determined that Escobar had left about 2 p.m., when Jennifer died, court records show. In the days after, police learned that Escobar had fled to Mexico. The FBI traced his cellphone calls to Tijuana on June 29 and south of Valley De Las Palmas on Route 3 on July 8 at 2:29 p.m., court records show. On July 3, police had a warrant issued for his arrest, charging him with one count of selling or furnishing a controlled substance to a minor and furnishing marijuana to a minor. The story was recently revealed when police said Escobar was connected to at least three men, a crew believed to have targeted drug dealers, who set up transactions and then robbed dealers of their drugs and cash. The latest arrest came Dec. 12 when one of the suspects, Fatshi A. Touresian, a 21-year-old North Hollywood salesman, showed up in a Van Nuys courtroom to appear on an earlier case of vehicle tampering. He was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail on charges stemming from a pot rip off in April at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Mulholland Drive that went bad when Jeffrey Jenkins, 25, was shot in the neck and survived, said Los Angeles Police Detective Martin Pinner. Bail was set at $626,570. Touresian faces charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking, robbery and conspiracy, police said. He’s got a court hearing Dec. 28, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Inmate information Web site. Three other men are already in custody in connection with the case. Rafael Barlev, 21, and Alfonso Bardales, a 27-year-old construction worker from Sherman Oaks, have been in custody since July, Pinner said. Barlev was being held without bail. Bail for Bardales was set at $720,000. A fourth man, described only as Latino, was being sought, police said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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