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News Release

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Media Relations

Detectives Arrest Two Suspects for the Murder of Jamul Thomas


"Detectives Arrest Two Suspects for the Murder of Jamul Thomas"

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Area Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting of two related men, one who was killed by the gunfire.

On Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 12:24 a.m., LAPD Foothill Area patrol officers responded to an "Ambulance En Route, Shots Fired Call" on the 11900 block of Phillippi Avenue in Pacoima. There, at the incident location, the officers found two shooting victims.

The officer’s investigation revealed that a group of people, including the victims and suspects, were leaving a party when an argument broke out. One suspect began shooting at three men, and then both suspects escaped on foot. One victim, 24 year-old Van Nuys Area resident Jamul Thomas, was fatally wounded and died later at a local hospital. Thomas’ 21 year-old brother was also struck by the gunfire, but survived the attack and was being treated at the local hospital. The third victim escaped unharmed.

On October 17, 2002, Foothill Area Homicide Detectives arrested two suspects for the murder of Jamul Thomas. One arrestee is a 17 year-old Hispanic male juvenile from Los Angeles. The second suspect arrested, is 20 year-old Robert Gonzales of Los Angeles.

Both suspects have been arrested and booked for Murder.

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