UPDATED: Two men arrested in connection with Glendora car wash double-homicide

GLENDORA — Police announced two arrests Friday in connection with the fatal stabbing of two homeless men at a Glendora car wash.
Drew Alan Friis, 28, of Glendora was arrested on suspicion of murder about 4:10 p.m. Thursday, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
Friis, who Glendora police said was not homeless, knew the victims prior to the stabbing, however a motive was not clear, officials said.
“A second individual was also arrested and booked, however, his name is being withheld pending further investigation by homicide detectives,” according to Deputy Irys Alvarez of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
The two suspects are accused of the stabbing deaths of two local homeless men in their 50s whose bodies were found about 2 a.m. Thursday at a car wash in the 200 block of W. Route 66, where they had been spending the night, according to officials and friends said.
The dead men’s names were not released Friday pending notification of their families, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
““We’re confident that the two people who are in custody are the ones who committed this heinous crime,” Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro said. “This was an isolated crime and a very unusual occurrence in Glendora as evidenced by the fact that we have not had a murder in our community since 2009. I firmly believe the community can be assured the suspects in this case are not roaming free.”
The motive in the alleged double-slaying remained a mystery Friday, police said.
There was a great deal of information investigators could not disclose to the public for fear of jeopardizing the investigation, Staab said, “Chief Castro believes it’s important for the community to receive factual preliminary information regarding this incident to dispel rumors, false assumptions and fears.”
“It is still early in the investigation, and there is a significant amount of evidence, including a possible murder weapon, that has been collected and needs to be scientifically analyzed, which takes time,” according to the police statement.
Investigators planned to present a case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing early next week, Staab said.
Both slain men were transients with deep roots in Glendora, according to police and friend Jodi Bybee, who said he’s known both men for more than 35 years.
The two stabbing victims had both been spending the night on the car wash property in recent weeks, Bybee said.
He and others expressed shock that anyone would want to harm the homeless men.
While the area where the fatal stabbings took place is known as a place where transients tend to congregate, police and nearby business owners said they had never seen any major problems as a result.
“While the victims were living on the street, I want to be clear that their lifestyle is not the cause of this tragic situation,” Castro said. “Being homeless is not a crime. The murder of two innocent people is, and we hold everyone involved accountable for their actions.”

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