SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Two Bay Area residents were among three suspects arrested in connection with the killing of a Florida man in Southern California on Saturday, according to Glendale police.
The victim, Phillip Niles Jr., 25, of Daytona Beach, Florida, moved to California and was living in Los Angeles. Niles went to a friend’s apartment in Glendale after a night out and was joined by two women he had just met at a nightclub, police said.
At some point, one of the women, Dezerea Lyons, 18, of Napa, felt insulted by comments Niles made and she made several threats to him. Lyons called Laquan Parker, 24, of Suisun City, and Brandon Perkins, 26, of Stockton, on a phone, according to police.
Lyons is suspected of orchestrating the violent attack on Niles.
Around 4 a.m., as Niles walked Lyons and the other woman to their car at the apartment, Parker and Perkins confronted Niles and shot him multiple times, police said.
Niles ran a short distance and collapsed on the lawn of a nearby residence, police said.
Lyons, her female friend, Perkins and Parker fled in a vehicle, and Parker and Perkins held Lyons’ female friend, who had no involvement in the killing, against her will at a Comfort Inn hotel in Monrovia until the following day, police said.
Detectives canvassed witnesses and evidence for leads and arrested Lyons, Parker and Perkins at the hotel on Sunday, police said.
All three were booked on suspicion of murder, and Parker and Perkins also were booked for false imprisonment, police said. The three were held under $2 million bail.
Detectives recovered two handguns that are believed to be the murder weapons from Parker and Perkins, police said.