Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division announce the arrest of five suspects in a murder investigation
On February 19, 2020, around 4:00 am, several suspects entered a short-term rental home in the Hollywood Hills where 20-year-old Bashar Jackson, a rap artist from New York known by the stage name “Pop Smoke,” was staying while visiting Los Angeles. The suspects robbed and shot Jackson inside the residence, killing him. Robbery-Homicide Division detectives were summoned to the scene and have handled the investigation.
During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that members of a Los Angeles street gang, were involved in the murder of Jackson; as well as the murder of 18-year-old Kamryn Stone. Stone was murdered in a Rose Bowl parking lot in Pasadena, California on September 14, 2019. As a result, the Los Angeles Police Department investigators and Pasadena Police Department investigators collaborated their investigative efforts.
Today, LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division announced the arrest of five suspects believed to have been involved in the robbery and murder of Bashar Jackson. The arrests consist of three adult males and 2 male juveniles, charges stemming from robbery to murder.
Suspect – 1: Corey Walker, DOB: 11/22/2000, a Los Angeles resident was arrested on July 9, 2020, around 2:10 a.m. near Laurel Canyon Blvd & the Hollywood Freeway and booked for 187(a)PC-Murder. Bail is set at $1,000,000.00. Booking #: 5968684.
Suspect – 2: Jaquan Murphy, DOB: 12/4/1998, a Los Angeles resident was arrested on July 9, 2020, around 5:30 a.m. in the 9500 block of South Avalon Boulevard and booked for 664/187(a)PC-Attempt Murder. Bail is set at $1,000,000.00. Booking #: 5968824.
Suspect – 3: Keandre D. Rodgers, DOB: 2/13/2002, a Los Angeles resident was arrested on July 9, 2020, around 5:10 a.m. in the 300 block of West 74th Street and booked for 187(a)PC-Murder. Bail is set at $1,000,000.00. Booking #: 5968925.
At this time, Pasadena Police Department investigators continue with their investigation and are not releasing further details on the murder of Kamryn Stone.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery-Homicide Division investigators at (213) 486-6860. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.