VAN NUYS (CNS) – A 24-year-old man was charged with capital murder today for the killings of his former girlfriend and a man in the woman’s home in the Winnetka area.
Brian Anthony Gonzales, also known as Brian Hammons, is expected to be arraigned some time today in Van Nuys on two counts of murder. He’s accused in the Sunday killings of Emily Fox, 22, of Winnetka, and Jerrad Scott, 24, of La Mesa.
The murder charges include special circumstance allegations of murder during the commission of a kidnapping and multiple murders. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.
About 4:20 p.m. Sunday, officers were sent to the 7600 block of Oso Avenue in response to a call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon, said LAPD Officer Aareon Jefferson.
Prosecutors said Gonzales confronted the victims in a hallway of the apartment building. Scott tried to escape while Fox dialed 911, but Gonzales chased Scott down, brought him back to the scene at gunpoint and killed both of them, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Gonzales is expected to be arraigned some time today at the Van Nuys Courthouse.