A California man was charged Tuesday in connection with the murders and rapes of a teenage girl and a young woman after he spat on the sidewalk while police were following him, reports CrimeFeed.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced Tuesday that Geovanni Borjas, 32, was arrested and charged with two counts each of murder and forcible rape and one count of kidnapping. He pleaded not guilty in court on the same day.
In 2011, Borjas is believed to have raped and murdered 17-year-old Michelle Lozano and 22-year-old Bree’Anna Guzman. Beck confirmed that the DNA test positively identified Borjas as their killer.
“DNA collection at time of arrest allowed us to connect this monster to the deaths of these two young women.”
Lozano disappeared in 2011 around Easter when she was taking a walk near her Lincoln Heights home. Her body was found just a day later near the 5 Freeway.
Guzman disappeared after leaving her Lincoln Heights apartment the day after Christmas that year to pick up medication from a pharmacy that was close by. Her body wasn’t found until a month later. She had been sexually assaulted.
The LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division was making slow progress on the case as the killer’s DNA wasn’t matching anyone in state or in national criminal databases.
Investigators turned to a familial DNA search in the hopes of getting a hit.
It took until just a month ago, but their efforts were a success. Borjas’ father had an arrest on his record, which led investigators to look at Borjas as a suspect.
Police started to follow Borjas, and when he spat on a sidewalk, they were able to collect a sample and have it tested. The results matched the DNA from the crime.
Borjas was arrested May 25 and is being held without bail. His next court date is June 22. If he is convicted, he could face life in prison without parole, or the death penalty.
Beck asked anyone who recognizes Borjas in his pictures to come forward with any information they may have about the killings, or about any other crimes he may have committed.
[Feature photo: Los Angeles Police Department]