Domestic Violence Claims Another Life Public Asked For Assistance

December 5, 2002


"Domestic Violence Claims Another Life – Public Asked For Assistance"

Press Conference to Seek the Public’s Assistance for Information Leading to the Arrest of Pedro Chavez’ Killer.
Thursday, December 5, 2002, at 3:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Police Department Central Area Police Station 251 East 6th Street, Los Angeles.


Los Angeles- – On Wednesday, December 4, 2002, at approximately 3:35 p.m., the suspect, Jesus Castellon Rivas, walked into a commercial building located in the 500 Block of East 8th Street. The suspect went to the sixth floor of the building and approached the victim, 32 year-old Pedro Chavez, and shot him while he was at his workstation. The suspect then walked over to the second victim, Rosa Rivas, and shot her. The suspect then fled the location on foot.
Both victims were transported to a local hospital by Los Angles Fire Department Paramedics. Victim Chavez failed to respond to treatment and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Victim Rivas is listed in stable condition and is expected to survive her injuries.
The motive for this shooting appears to be a domestic dispute involving Pedro Chavez, Rosa Rivas and her estranged husband Jesus Rivas.
The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 38 years old, 5′-6", 160 pounds with dark hair and a mustache. A photo of the suspect will be available at the press conference and Media Relations Section.
Anyone with information regarding this homicide is urged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department Central Homicide Detectives at 213-485-6593 during business hours. 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 press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Renee’ Montoya, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.