NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Authorities Monday continued their search for a man accused of killing another man at a North Hollywood apartment Sunday afternoon before kidnapping his own ex-girlfriend.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, 37-year-old Shame Rayment allegedly got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend, 31-year-old Jenny Downes, at an apartment complex in the 11300 block of Hatteras Street in North Hollywood.
When Rayment first allegedly attempted to abduct Downes, 42-year-old Roberto Fletes-Conejo, a family friend of the woman, showed up and attempted to intervene. That’s when police said Rayment shot him.
Rayment then allegedly forced Downes into a dark blue Dodge four-door pick-up truck with damage to the rear driver’s side and sped away from the scene.
Fletes-Conejo was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Claudia Gonzalez, Fletes-Conejo’s older sister, said she was not surprised to hear of her brother’s heroic behavior before his death and said he was one of those people who would give someone the shirt off his back.
“He was my hero in everything,” Claudia Gonzalez said. “My heart is full because he was loved, you know, he was loved.”
Detectives also believe four other people we involved, a man with long blonde hair and three women.
Authorities said Rayment and Downes had been in a long-term relationship and had a child together. The child was not hurt. The apartment where the shooting happened belongs to a family friend of Downes, police said.
According to police, Rayment has an extensive criminal history with prior arrests for felony and misdemeanor charges. He is described as white, 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.
And while Gonzalez wants justice for her brother’s death, she stopped short of condemning his alleged killer.
“I can’t wish bad on him, because my brother wouldn’t want me to,” she said.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rayment should call LAPD detectives at 818-374-1923 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.