Downtown Los Angeles header image
Los Angeles Police Department Memorial BadgeLos Angeles Police Department Badge


News Release

Friday, March 23, 2012

Media Relations

Man Found Murdered in Medical Facility Basement NR12144SF

(March 25, 2012)

On Friday, March 23, 2012, at 11:15 p.m., Suspect Maldonado was arrested by LAPD detectives at the United States, San Ysidro border crossing.  Maldonado was arrested and booked for Murder.

Los Angeles: 
On Friday, March 23, 2012, at 6:35 a.m., officers assigned to Mission Division responded to the medical center located in the 11200 block of N. Sepulveda Boulevard for evidence of a possible crime.  Once they arrived they found 41-year-old Florentino Reyes-Lucas, an independent contractor working as a janitor, dead in the basement of the building.

Soon after arriving to the scene, Mission Area Homicide Detectives learned that the suspect, 43-year-old Jesus Bautista Maldonado, a resident of Los Angeles, confronted the victim and stabbed him, causing his death.

It is believed that suspect Maldonado has fled the country.  Suspect Maldonado is described as a male Hispanic who stands 5’6’’ tall and weighs 200 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call LAPD Mission Homicide Detectives Efren Gutierrez (Spanish speaker) at 818-838-9948, or Gene Parshall, at 818-838-9954.   During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.