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Los Angeles – – On Thursday, January 30, 2003, at 2:30 p.m. the suspect identified as Randell Cedric Nelson, male Black, with a date of birth 06-17-70 and the biological father, stopped his vehicle at the location of the victims who were standing in the area of 47th Street and Wesley Avenue. The suspect exited his vehicle armed with a handgun. The suspect stated that he would kill victim #1 (biological uncle) if he did not give the suspect his son victim #2, identified as Randell Nelson Jr., male Black 5 years of age. Victim #1 initially refused until the suspect began to pull the trigger of the handgun. Victim #1 gave the suspect his son (victim #2).
On January 31, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. an unidentified acquaintance of the suspect dropped victim #2 off at the 77th Street Police Station. The child was unharmed and reunited with his mother.
An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect.
Persons with information regarding this matter should contact 77th Street Sex Crimes unit at 213-485-2504. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Renee’ Montoya, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.
Detectives continued their investigation and as a result of information developed during this time, they were able to arrest the suspect on January 31, 2003, at approximately 7:00 p.m., at an undisclosed location in the city of Los Angeles. He is to be booked at 77th Community Police Station for Attempt Murder and Kidnapping, bail has been set at $2,000,000.00.