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News Release

Friday, October 19, 2001

Media Relations

Update: Robbery Homicide Detectives Continue Search for Murderer

"Robbery Homicide Detectives Continue Search for Murderer"


Sunland-Tujunga: On Thursday, October 11, 2001, at approximately 2:35 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department received a telephone call from a community member that a possible homicide had occurred in the 10100 block of Commerce Avenue in the Sunland-Tujunga area. Foothill area patrol officers responded to a condominium complex and discovered the bodies of one male and one female adult, both of whom had been murdered. Foothill Area Homicide Detectives and Robbery-Homicide Division Detectives responded to the scene.


Robbery-Homicide Division detectives are continuing the investigation of the murders of Kimberly Crayton, age 20, and Arthur Davodian, age 22, which occurred on October 11, 2001 in the 10100 block of Commerce Street in the Sunland/Tujunga area. The investigation determined that one of the victims had been decapitated.

On Thursday, October 18, 2001, the head of the decapitated victim was found by a community member a short distance from the murder scene. The head was transported to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office for examination.

The investigation is continuing. No suspects have been identified. The motive for the crimes has not been determined.

The investigation is being handled by Robbery-Homicide Division. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Robbery-Homicide Detectives M. Berchem or E. Mosher at 213-485-2129 during daytime hours or Detective Headquarters Division at 213-485-3261 during evening and weekend hours.

This press release was prepared by Officer Guillermo Campos, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.