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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Media Relations

Person of Interest Sought in Homicide of East Hollywood Resident NA09246rf

WHAT:    
News conference for Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives to request the public's help in locating a person of interest in connection with a homicide

WHEN:    
Thursday, September 17, 2009
3 p.m.

WHERE:    
900 block of North Mariposa Ave. (East Hollywood/LAPD Rampart Area)

NOTE:
Mariposa is a small street parallel to and east of Normandie Avenue between Romaine and Monroe Streets.

WHO:    
LAPD Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz, Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau
LAPD Captain Steve Ruiz, Commanding Officer, Rampart Area
LAPD Lieutenant Wesley Buhrmester, Rampart Detective Division
LAPD Detective John Motto, Rampart Detective Division
Ms. Victoria Ortega, Community Activist
Ms. Karina Samala, Community Activist
Friends of the victim

WHY:    
To help detectives solve a vicious murder that occurred on August 28, 2009, at around 8 p.m.  That evening, Paulina Ibarra, a transgender person, was the victim of a homicide in her residence.  Detectives from LAPD's Rampart Detective Division have received information leading them to believe that a person of interest in this case was present at the crime.  
        
Detectives will be providing more details about the case and asking the public for help to assist them in locating the person of interest and solving the murder.

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