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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Suspicious Death Investigation Results in Murder Arrest Suspect Apprehended in New York City NR12395rf

Los Angeles: A suspicious death investigation has resulted in the arrest of a woman in New York City for murdering her husband this past April.

On April 17, 2012, LAPD Topanga Area patrol officers were summoned by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics to a Woodland Hills residence in the 20000 block of Oxnard Street where 80-year-old Alan Frederick Goodman was pronounced dead.  Officers conducting the preliminary death investigation ruled Goodman’s circumstances as suspicious, because they couldn’t determine if foul play was involved.

Eventually, as a full homicide investigation ensued, detectives worked closely with Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office personnel for several months and determined on August 2 that Goodman was murdered at his home, and his 70-year-old wife, Lois Goodman, was the prime suspect.

Last week on August 14, detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and filed a murder arrest warrant for Goodman.  At the time, it was discovered she was officiating U.S. open tennis matches in New York City and would probably remain there for several weeks.

Today, LAPD homicide detectives conducting a follow-up investigation in New York City, with the assistance of the New York City Police Department, arrested Goodman.  For now, she will be lodged at a Manhattan jail until her court appearance, after which her extradition back to Los Angeles will be pending.     

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call Topanga Area Homicide Detective Dave Peteque at (818) 756-4869.  During weekends and off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.