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News Release

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Media Relations

Public's Assistance Needed

 

Who:
Assistant Chief of Police Jim McDonnell, Commanding Officer, Captain Morris Smith, Southwest Area, Commanding Officer Terry Hara, Southeast Area and Lewis Family Members

What:
Press Conference

When:
Thursday, December 11, 2003, at 2:00 p.m.

Where:
Baldwin Hill’s Mall-Community Room, located at 4125 South Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles

Los Angeles: Recently, we have asked the Media and the publics assistance in identifying suspects that were involved in murders within Operations South Bureau.

On Friday, March 28, 2003, at approximately 10:55 p.m., Mr. Devron LeVell Lewis, described as a male, Black, 28 years old, was driving his 1992 Chevrolet, Caprice, 4 door, Gold over Red vehicle eastbound on Jefferson Boulevard approaching Sycamore Avenue. The suspect a male, Hispanic, 5’8", 160 lbs, 18-22 years of age was standing near the northeast corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Sycamore Avenue. He fired numerous times at Mr. Lewis fatally wounding him. Mr. Lewis collided into a building located at Orange Drive and Jefferson Boulevard. He was transported by Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Detectives learned that Mr. Lewis had completed his shift at the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) where he was employed as a mechanic since 1998 and was enroute to his residence.

On December 11, 2003, at approximately 5:30 a.m., Southeast Officers responded to a shots fired radio call at the 700 Block of East 87th Place. Officers observed three male, Hispanics, in their 20’s, in a white Chevrolet pick up truck, suffering from gunshot wounds. Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene and one was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Southwest Homicide Detectives, at 213-847-1730. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hours toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

This news release was prepared by Public Information Officer Sandra Escalante, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.