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Lompoc man charged with murder of 15-year-old Erik Vargas

Lompoc man charged with murder of 15-year-old Erik Vargas

Raymond Ramon Vega

Vega

A Lompoc man on Friday was charged with the gang-related murder of 15-year-old Erik Villa Vargas, who was killed on Oct. 12.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office charged 25-year-old Raymond Ramon Vega with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. Vega was also charged with three enhancements including committing the alleged murder in association of a criminal street gang and discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury and death.

Vega appeared for an arraignment on Friday in Lompoc Superior Court. Judge Raimundo Montes de Oca set Vega’s bail at $2,000,000.

Vargas, along with two other victims, were found shot in the 700 block alley between North F and G streets in Lompoc at about 10:30 p.m. All three were transported to the local hospital, where Vargas died from his injuries.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, according to a spokesman with the Lompoc Police Department, who added that police are still searching for two additional suspects.

Vega is scheduled to appear for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 in Department 1 of Lompoc Superior Court. 

Vargas’ death marks the city’s seventh homicide of 2019.

The Lompoc Police Department urges anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact detectives at 805-736-2341.

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