$25,000 Reward Offered for Unsolved Murder

July 12, 2004

News Conference

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
10:00 a.m.

Saticoy Street and Lankershim Boulevard, Crime Location

Los Angeles: The
City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department will
announce a $25,000 reward on an unsolved North Hollywood Area
murder. In an effort to generate additional avenues of
investigation, a motion was presented to the Los Angeles City
Council by Council Member Tony Cardenas, requesting the Council
to offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest,
prosecution and conviction of the suspects responsible for the
shooting death of Naif Sahoum. The motion was passed.

On June 29, 2004, at about 6:30 a.m., as 41 year-old Naif Sahoum
was opening his market located at 7614 Lankershim Boulevard, a
lone suspect approached Sahoum and forced him into the market at
gunpoint. Once inside, the suspect shot and killed Sahoum for no
apparent reason. The suspect ransacked the cash register area,
possibly removing money. The gunman then ran away from the

Detectives have obtained a video of the crime in progress and the
suspect is described as a male Caucasian with long shoulder
length gray hair. He is approximately 5’7″ to 5″10″ tall and
medium build. He was also wearing a baseball hat with a white
emblem on the front and red and blue on the sides. The suspect
appears to be approximately 40 to 50 years of age and was armed
with an unknown caliber handgun.

Mr. Sahoum has owned the market for nine years and lives with his
family, a wife and two children in the City of Burbank.

Anyone with information is requested to contact North Hollywood
Area Homicide Detectives, at 818-623-4016. On weekends and during
off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective
Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

This advisory was prepared by Los Angeles Police Department’s
Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.