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News Release

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Media Relations

Subject in an Attempt Murder Arrested NR12592cj

Los Angeles:  On December 9, 2012, at 1:20 a.m., a 14-year-old female was shot in the head during an apparent robbery attempt in the 1100 block of East Vernon Avenue.  The victim remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

On December 12, 2012, at 11 a.m., LAPD Newton Homicide detectives held a press conference at Newton Station that was attended by the media for both the English and Spanish speaking communities.  The media coverage was exceptional and detectives announced a $50,000 reward offer by the City Council for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the unknown male Hispanic suspect.

On December 18, 2012, Newton Homicide detectives identified a 17-year-old male Hispanic as the shooter of the victim.  The subject was detained at Eastlake Juvenile Hall for Attempt Murder.  

On December 20, 2012, Attempt Murder charges were filed by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office against the subject. The subject’s name will not be released due to his age.

Newton Area and Newton Homicide would like to thank the various news media that ran the story on the victim and the announcement of the reward.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Newton Division Homicide Detective Richard Arciniega at 323-846-6556 or Detective Eric Spear at 323-846-6579. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to   1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”