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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.