September 25, 2014
The crime occurred on Saturday September 20, 2014.
Los Angeles: On Tuesday September 23, 2014, officers from Foothill Division received a radio call of a home invasion robbery.
When the officers arrived at the call, they were told by witnesses that the suspect was chased out of the house by a family member with a baseball bat. The home owners had surveillance cameras and captured the incident on video. Detectives were able to put out a crime alert which received extensive media coverage. The video as well as clear images of the suspect were aired during several news cycles.
On September 24, 2014 the suspect’s family members saw the news coverage and called him to tell him that he needed to go to the police station, turn himself in and confess. At first, the suspect refused to turn himself in but thanks to his family’s persuasive arguments; they were able to convince him. The family thought about their best interest as well as those of the community when they took the suspect to Foothill Division, where he turned himself in.
The Los Angeles Police Department continues to work toward building a trusting relationship with the public and this is an example of how the family members trusted the department enough to bring their own to the station to answer for his crime. Thanks to the diligent work of the detectives involved as well as the extensive media coverage, the family members were able to recognize the suspect on the surveillance video and knew that turning him in was the right thing to do.
For interviews or comments please contact Captain Malinowski of Foothill Division at 818-756-8860.