Update: Suspect in Custody in Jack in the Box Death

Robert Perez Soria has been arrested in connection with last Thursday's incident in Culver City. Charges are still pending.

Updated: July 2, 4:30 p.m.

Robert Perez Soria, 29, has been arrested in connection with Thursday's incident where a man in his 60s died following an altercation with Soria.

Culver City Police Lt. Ron Iizuka told Patch charges are still pending as the investigation is ongoing and police are still waiting on the outcome of the auotopsy.

Soria, has however does have other unrelated charges against him, including one of weapons' possession.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.


A man believed to be in his 60s died inside the Jack in the Box at 5400 Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City around 2 p.m. Thursday evening after an alleged altercation with a younger man outside the store entrance.

Culver City Police Lt. Nielsen told Patch CCPD responded to the incident at 2:18 p.m. and that two subjects were involved "in an altercation." A man believed to be in his 20s allegedly struck a man in his 60s with his bare hands after the two exited the eatery. The victim then went back inside and collapsed and died.

Lt. Nielsen said at this stage it's too early to determine how the man died. "We don't know if he died of a heart attack or as a result of being struck. We don't have enough information at this point," Lt. Nielsen said.

The investigation is ongoing and Patch will bring you more details as they become available.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a change in the time of the incident.

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Kathy Straedey June 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I don't know how to change or start a new topic, so i'm responding here. last night, i heard firecrackers off and on until 11:15. Every July 4th, it's noise hell in Culver City. And days before and after, it's noise hell. If you look up the science, you will find noise causes stress, heart attacks, etc. Ever since i moved to Culver City, I've prayed for death..for peace and quiet. :-)
Steve June 30, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Jack-in-the-Box? Heart attack? Two meat-eating savages allowing their emotions to rage out of control? Say it ain't so.
Shane Wielding June 30, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Any city that still allows fireworks celebrations, deserves whatever it gets. Allowing the public legal access to what is inherently a dangerous, costly, and distressing practice is tantamount to negligence by the city. This practice, however, continues despite public outcry because the city has a financial stake in the practice. Every fireworks stand in the city brings in thousands of dollars not only for the fireworks maker, the group selling the fireworks, but also for the city. Until people get together and petition for a change in policy, their city will not budge.
Shane Wielding June 30, 2012 at 08:24 PM
This type of altercation has absolutely nothing to do with "meat-eating savagery." This is just another instance of people reacting with violence because that's all they know and it's all they've been taught. You've got all these so-called "tough" guys out there just looking to get into a fight. You see them out there---nothing but attitude and disdain for everything that doesn't fit their pattern of thinking. What's worse are the parents of these thugs. You see the dads, some in their 40s or 50s, still trying to look tough with the shaved heads, goatees, and tattoos. And then there are the mothers competing with their daughters and trying to desperately look 20 years younger in their skinny jeans and frozen botox faces. Not many people are willing to take the time to be a real parents these days and their offspring end up as the mess we all have to deal.
S June 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I agree to a certain extent but people need to stop judging. My husband has a goatee and a full sleeve. He has never been in a gang, arrested or been in trouble. Its a choice he made. That choice doesn't affect in any way the parent he is. He is a hardworking involved father and role model. When people judge it makes you look like an ass. With that said... I had my first at 16. She graduated high school a year and a half early and is in college. People are who they become not what they look like. Any parent regardless of what they look like, need to be better parents. Respect, judgements, racism, anger is taught from home. The more kids get away with the more they will do. As a parent I know a LOT of people who aren't doing their jobs. Unfortunately a lot of these kids don't have a chance because where they are raised and who raised by. If you see one of these don't judge... get involved. Talk to parents. Volunteer as a big brother/sister. Never put yourself above anyone else. Everyone circumstances are different and when you judge without understanding... you become the bully that you are so quick to hate. Vicious and ugly circle
tom smyth July 01, 2012 at 02:08 AM
true. violence perpetuates violence ...
Watcher July 01, 2012 at 02:50 AM
This is so true. ^^^
Shane Wielding July 01, 2012 at 11:02 PM
It's a choice your husband made to try to look "tough." Even if he's not a violent person, he's still sending out that "tough" message by choosing to look that way. Your kids will pick up on that and their kids and on and on. Also, when you call someone an "ass" simply for offering an opinion, it makes you seem ignorant.
Jay E July 02, 2012 at 09:01 AM
I have an update on the Jack in the Box story, if I might interrupt the philosophy arguments. I learned from a CPD source that a suspect is in custody, and is expected to be charged with manslaughter.
Gutwig July 02, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Yeah a goatee really makes you look tough I'd hate to meet Colonel Sanders in a dark alley
Kelly Hartog (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Hi Jay. Thanks for your comment. No charges while investigation is still open. See above info in story.
Kelly Hartog (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Hi Kathy, Thanks for your comments. We have lots of July 4 fireworks related stories on the site. Feel free to continue this discussion on any one of them... perhaps our Culver City Police Department safety piece, which reminds everyone that fireworks are indeed illegal in Culver City. The article is here: http://culvercity.patch.com/articles/culver-city-police-act-responsibly-on-the-fourth-of-july
Kathy July 03, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I've noticed consideration for others is not taught to children today. Today, young people drive around terrorizing everyone with low frequency stereos. Just because the stereo is legal to purchase doesn't make it a good idea. (Where are the parents?) When I was growing up, I wasn't allowed to misbehave. It was something like..don't make me put a pillow over your face when you're sleeping tonight.. It worked. I never threw tantrums in public, never tagged other people's property, never stole other people's stuff, etc., etc.
Johnny Love July 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Shane Wielding July 03, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Wow, "don't make me put a pillow over your face when you're sleeping tonight"?!!! So, basically, your parents threatened to kill you and that worked for you. This is what I'm talking about . . . violence or the threat of violence means nothing these days. If my parents ever said that to me, I'd go to the police, but then again, my parents would never say something like that. I feel like I'm living in Bizzaro world where everything is the opposite of what it should be. Makes you want to go live a solitary life away from all this insanity and hate. Here's a good line from an episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "People . . . they're the worst."
Kathy July 04, 2012 at 06:06 PM
@Shane, my family has a warped sense of humor. We grew up on Monty Python. My parents probably wouldn't have put a pillow over my face, but then again you never know..hahaha.
Kathy July 04, 2012 at 06:22 PM
p.s..Jean-Paul Satre, "Hell is other people." (I always like to cheer people up..)
Shane Wielding July 10, 2012 at 09:10 AM
"Hell is other people" . . . How true that is.
Tom July 12, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Shane thinks because a guy has a goatee and some tattoos then he looks "tough". What a sheltered life you've led if you think a little facial hair and some ink makes somebody look "tough".


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