Monday, August 17, 2009
Murder Suspect Taken into Custody During Routine Train Fare Check NR09401rhA man wanted for murder and attempted murder was apprehended by authorities nearly one year after the commission of the crimes.
On August 14, 2009, at 2:30 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies assigned to Transit Services Division were conducting a routine train fare compliance check in the Santa Clarita Valley.
While on the train one of the deputy’s recognized 21-year-old Andrew Lee Thomas who was listed on a LAPD wanted bulletin. When questioned, Thomas tried to hide his identity and gave the deputy’s a phony name. Utilizing the BluCheck finger print verification device, his identity was confirmed and it was determined that he was wanted for the murder of 28-year-old Kyree Rasheen McCray who was killed on August 23, 2008, during a youth football game in Reseda Park. Andrew Lee Thomas was also identified as the same suspect wanted for the murder attempt of a second victim.
West Valley Area homicide detectives are handling the murder and attempted murder investigation. Anyone who may have additional information regarding these crimes should contact detectives at 818-374-7730. After-hours and on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247) or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.
Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website: www.lapdonline.org. All tips may remain anonymous.