Man Charged in Killing of Man Set on Fire in Pasadena

PASADENA (CNS) – Pasadena police Friday urged anyone with information on the fatal immolation of a Salvadoran man on New Year’s Day, 2021, to contact them.

Jeovani Pluma, 21, was charged Thursday with two counts of murder, including killing 30-year-old Ulises Nieto-Cabrera on Jan. 1, 2021, in the 700 block of Rockwood Road, near La Loma Bridge, according to the Pasadena Police Department.

Nieto-Cabrera was taken to a hospital in grave condition, and later died of his injuries.

Pasadena Police Department detectives found that Nieto-Cabrera was intentionally targeted and set on fire, and connected Pluma to the crime. Investigators also identified Pluma as a suspect in a Los Angeles hit-and-run that occurred in April 2022 and left one bicyclist dead and another injured.

Pluma has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of hit- and-run and one count each of arson and torture, according to Pasadena police. Bail has been set at $4 million.

Anyone with information on the killing of Nieto-Cabrera was asked to call the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at

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