$50,000.00 Reward Offered

August 13, 2007

News Conference to Announce Reward

Thursday, August 16, 2007 9:30 a.m.

Limelite Liquor Store
1649 North La Brea
Los Angeles, California

Council-member Tom LaBonge District 4
Lieutenant Don Lehman Commanding Officer Hollywood Detectives
Hollywood Homicide Detectives

The robbery occurred at the Limelight Liquor Store on July 19, 2007. Just before 6:30 p.m., a Black man posing as a customer walked into the Limelite Liquor Store.

The clerk, Vladimir Akkerman, 69, was standing behind the counter near the cash register when the man asked him the price for a half gallon of milk. The suspect returned the milk to the refrigerator case and walked back to the stock room. There the suspect grabbed 39-year-old Pulod Davlatnazarov by the back of his shirt and walked him at gunpoint to the front counter.

The surveillance footage shows the gunman making demands and Akkerman trying to reason with him. Moments later, Akkerman reaches to activate the alarm button and put his hands up. The suspect shoots Akkerman in the stomach, then shoots Davlatnazarov in the head. After the shootings, the suspect runs from the store without taking anything, police said.

Davlatnazarov died at the scene. Akkerman was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

The City of Los Angeles is offering a $50,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman responsible for the murder of Pulod Davlatnazarov.