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News Release

Monday, June 9, 2003

Media Relations

Homicide Detectives Investigate Murder Stemming From Robbery

"Homicide Detectives Investigate Murder Stemming From Robbery"


Los Angeles: Wilshire Detectives are investigating the death of 25 year-old Jonathan Merino Escalante of Arleta.

On Sunday, June 8, 2003, at about 2:15 a.m., the victim was seated in his vehicle with a female friend in front of a residence located in the 3000 block of W. 12th Street, when a suspect approached and robbed the pair at gunpoint. Escalante attempted to escape and was shot.

The suspect left the location and entered an awaiting light blue older model Chevy Suburban, being driven by an unknown person, and drove northbound on Serrano Street.

The suspect(s) identity are unknown at this time. This is an on-going investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Wilshire Homicide Detectives at 213-473-0444. On weekends and during off-hours, contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Lucy Diaz, 213-485-3586.