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News Release

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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$50,000 Reward Offered

What:
News Conference to announce a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in the death of Celerino Reyes.

When:
Friday, June 29, 2007 11:00 a.m.

Where:
Newton Area Community Police Station
3400 S. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Who:
Councilmember Jan Perry, Council District 9
Captain Rigoberto Romero, Commanding Officer, Newton Division
Detectives Tommy Thompson and Daniel Gersna, Lead Investigators


Why:
On Friday, June 8, 2007, at 5:55 p.m., local businessman, Celerino Reyes, had just left a nearby bank. A suspect followed Mr. Reyes intending to rob him, approaching his vehicle as Mr. Reyes stopped for a stop sign.

The suspect shot Mr. Reyes in the head and attempted to remove property from inside the car, but was unsuccessful. As witnesses came to the aid of the victim, the suspect left the scene in a vehicle.

Detectives are asking for the public's help in solving this case. The reward is being offered for information leading to the successful arrest and prosecution of the suspect.

Newton Homicide Detectives Tommy Thompson or Daniel Gersna can be reached at 323-846-6566. On weekends and during off-hours, phone the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

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