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News Release

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Media Relations

Public's Assistance Needed


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

Press Conference

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

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.