A man involved in a July 22 botched burglary at a Los Cerritos home last week has been charged with murder, residential robbery, residential burglary, grand theft of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.
On Friday, July 25, Long Beach Police Department homicide detectives presented the case that had occurred in the area of Terry Lynn Place and Country Club Drive to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. The DA’s office then filed one count of each of the aforementioned charges against 26-year-old Gus Adams of Long Beach.
In the incident, Tom Greer, 80, arrived home and found suspects Adams and Andrea Miller, 28, of Long Beach, burglarizing his residence located on the 600 block of Terrylynn Place, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
The suspects began assaulting Greer, striking him repeatedly and ultimately throwing him onto the floor, according to LBPD Police Chief Jim McDonnell in a July 24 press conference. The female continued to strike Greer while Adams walked over to the homeowner’s safe and attempted to break into it. After Miller also attempted to break into the safe, Greer retrieved a gun from another room and fired at the suspects, who then fled from the home with items taken during the burglary.
Greer followed the suspects out of the house and continued firing shots at them. Miller was struck by gunfire, fell in a nearby alley and died at the scene, according to McDonnell. Adams fled the scene, but police later found him and arrested him, McDonnell said.
Through the course of the investigation, police determined that a third suspect was involved in the residential robbery. That individual was arrested on July 24 and booked for robbery. She has been identified as 49-year-old Ruby Adams of Long Beach and mother to Gus Adams. The LBPD indicated in a July 25 press release that charges would be filed against Ruby Adams on July 28.
The case pertaining to the homeowner is under review by the District Attorney’s office. During the review process, it is not uncommon for the DA’s office to request additional investigative follow-up, according to the LBPD.
Additionally, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s investigation determined that Miller was not pregnant, despite having allegedly claimed to be with child at the time of the incident.