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News Release

Friday, March 8, 2002

Media Relations

Reward Offered for Beloved Fruit Vendor's Killer

"Reward Offered for Beloved Fruit Vendor’s Killer"

 

What:
Press Conference to Announce the Reward for the Arrest of the Killer of Concepcion Guiterrez

When:
Thursday, March 21, 2002
1:00 p.m.

Where:
Northeast Area Community Police Station, 3353 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles

Los Angeles: On Thursday, March 21, 2002, Los Angeles Police Department, Northeast Homicide Detectives, will be holding a press conference to seek the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect who robbed, shot, and killed fruit vendor Concepcion Guiterrez. The detectives will also announce that Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti petitioned the City Council, and a measure was passed with a $25,000.00 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of Guiterrez that shocked the Los Angeles community.

On Thursday, March 21, 2002, Los Angeles Police Department, Northeast Homicide Detectives, will be holding a press conference to seek the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect who robbed, shot, and killed fruit vendor Concepcion Guiterrez. The detectives will also announce that Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti petitioned the City Council, and a measure was passed with a $25,000.00 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of Guiterrez that shocked the Los Angeles community.

On Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at approximately 6:45 p.m., a well known area street vendor, Concepcion Guiterrez, was robbed and murdered in the 1900 block of Blake Avenue. 47 year-old Guiterrez of East Los Angeles was shot by the unknown suspect who then fled in her vehicle. The mother of four children, Guiterrez was initially a victim of a carjacking, but the incident rapidly erupted into a shooting. The truck, which provided the woman with her livelihood, was later found abandoned not far from where the victim was killed.

Attacked while she was selling fruits and vegetables out of her vehicle, Guiterrez provided groceries to residents of the Elysian Park Community. At the time of this release, there were no known witnesses to the crime and it was unclear as to the total property stolen from Guiterrez.

Anyone with information should contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Homicide Detectives at 213-847-4261 during business hours. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at Detective Information desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jack Richter, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.