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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Media Relations

LAPD Cold Case Featured on Americas Most Wanted

Los Angeles:  The America’s Most Wanted website and Facebook page will feature a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) cold case today at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Jesus Lopez Gonzalez is wanted for three counts of Vehicular Manslaughter from a June 29, 1996 Hit and Run traffic collision that claimed the lives of three men in their 20’s.

Just after 2 a.m. on the morning of June 29, 1996, 22-year-old Friedrich Allmendinger, 23-year-old Thomas Gibson, and 23-year-old Faustino Sanchez were driving home after picking up some late-night hamburgers when their lives came to a violent end in the blink of an eye.  That’s because a 1989 Dodge Ram pick-up truck blew through a red light at nearly 45 mph, slamming into their ’96 Volkswagen GTI. Thomas, Faustino and Friedrich died at the scene.

According to witness reports, the driver of the Dodge Ram, who was later identified as Jesus Lopez Gonzalez emerged from his truck, picked up his white cowboy hat up off of the passenger seat, and casually strolled away from the accident scene.

More than a decade has passed, and Gonzalez has never resurfaced.  Since January 2010, America’s Most Wanted has profiled and assisted in the capture of over 120 fugitives.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637(C-R-I-M-E-S on most key pads) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts.