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Sunday, September 12, 2021

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Homicide in Sylmar NR21239ti

September 14, 2021


On September 11, 2021, 27-year-old Alejandro Balsells was arrested by Santa Monica Police Department and transferred into the custody of Los Angeles Police Department. His booking number is 6246145 and bail set at 2,000,000.00.

Sylmar: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect responsible for the murder of 36-year-old Virgina Cantero.

On September 7, 2021, around 11:20 p.m., Mission Area officers responded to a possible homicide call near the 14500 block of Lyle Street. Upon arrival, the officers located a female victim down inside of a residence. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced the victim deceased. The initial investigation revealed the female was a victim of a violent homicide.

Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives are working in conjunction with the LA County Coroner's Office to investigate and determine the cause of death. Detectives are investigating and believe there were witnesses to the incident and are seeking information.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-9550. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to . Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.