LOS ANGELES – A 19-year-old Palmdale man was one of two arrested Friday for the murder of two Chinese graduate students last month near the University of Southern California, according to authorities.
Javier Bolden was reportedly arrested around 7:30 p.m. in Palmdale on suspicion of murder. Bryan Barnes, 20, of Los Angeles was arrested three hours earlier.
Both men are being held in connection with the double murder of electrical engineering students Ming Qu and Ying Wu from China.
Qu and Wu, both 23, were shot to death around 1 a.m. on April 11 as they sat in a BMW about a mile away from the USC campus.
Qu reportedly ran from the vehicle to seek help from neighbors before collapsing on the porch of a nearby residence. Wu was reportedly found shot dead in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.
Javier and Barnes are not documented gang members but are believed to have gang affiliations, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.
Officials suspect the killings were the result of a street robbery and were part of a string of crimes the two men allegedly committed in Los Angeles.
The men are being held without bail and are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
Forensic evidence found at the scene linked the murders to two attempted homicides in Los Angeles, which led to the two arrests, Beck said at a news conference Friday.
The city of Los Angeles had offered a $75,000 reward for information on the shootings, in addition to the $125,000 reward that was offered by USC.