Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Public's Help Needed To Capture Murder Suspect"Public’s Help Needed To Capture Murder Suspect"
What: News Conference
When: Wednesday, February 4, 2004, at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Devonshire Area Police Station, 10250 Etiwanda Avenue, Northridge
Los Angeles: On January 29, 2003, at about 1:30 p.m., an off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy was fired at by a gunman at a condominium complex located in the 9900 block of Topanga Boulevard in Chatsworth. The Deputy was unharmed by the gunfire and the gunman ran away. Christopher Walsh, an associate of the suspected gunman, lived at the complex and witnessed the unprovoked attack. He was detained for questioning and released.
Following an extensive investigation by members of the Devonshire Homicide Unit, the gunman was identified as David Michael Steinberg. Arrest warrants charging Steinberg with assault and Walsh for accessory were issued on June 24, 2003. In the course of attempting to locate and arrest these suspects, the investigators became aware that Walsh had been reported as a missing person by family members on June 30, 2003. On the same day the detectives located Steinberg in a North Hollywood apartment and arrested him for assaulting the Deputy, evidence recovered pursuant to a search warrant at Steinberg’s apartment suggested foul play had transpired inside the apartment.
On July 2, 2003, human remains were discovered concealed in a container in a public storage unit located at 15460 Erwin Street in Van Nuys. The remains were identified as those of Christopher Walsh. The autopsy revealed Walsh had been shot to death. Devonshire Homicide retained investigative responsibility for the collateral murder of Walsh based on the likely connection to the prior assault on the deputy.
An exhaustive investigation has resulted in the issuance of a murder arrest warrant for David Steinberg, as well as for his accomplice, Jeffrey Lawrence Weaver. Additionally, an accessory to murder allegation was charged on two other associates identified as Tony Shane Wilson and George Jassick. Steinberg has been in custody on the prior charge and is to be arraigned for the murder of Christopher Walsh on February 4, 2004, in San Fernando Court.
Homicide detectives and field agents from the California Department of Corrections Parole located and arrested Tony Shane Wilson on February 3, 2004, at a residence located in the 11200 block of Blix Street in Toluca Lake. One hour later George Jassick was arrested at his work location in the Hollywood area. Both Wilson and Jassick remain in custody pending arraignment on February 4, 2004, for the accessory to murder charges.
Suspect Jeffrey Weaver is sill at large. He is believed to be in the Southern California area. Weaver is also wanted in connection with an armed business robbery that occurred on January 11, 2004, in the 18400 block of Burbank Boulevard in Reseda. Weaver is a career criminal and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Weaver is 34 years old Caucasian, 6’ 00", 250 lbs., blond hairs and blue eyes. A photograph of Weaver will be release during the news conference to alert the community and to ask for the public’s help in locating this extremely dangerous felon.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Devonshire Area Homicide Unit, at 818-756-8291. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).
This news advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.