Robber Murders a Store Clerk and Mother of Five in South Los Angeles NR13431cj

September 18, 2013


Today, detectives held a news conference to provide updates on the murder and reach out to the public for investigative assistance by releasing surveillance footage showing the suspect. The footage was handed out to the media at the news conference and is also available below.


The family of murder victim Martha Sanchez has set up an account for citizens who wish to donate to their family.  The account is under Martha’s daughter name:  Gabriella Sanchez, at Bank of America.  The account number is 164109381728 with a routing number of 12100358.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Criminal Gang/Homicide Division is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for the murder of 39-year-old Martha Sanchez.
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 8:50 p.m., Sanchez was working as a store clerk at a local 99 Cent store in the 7400 block of South Broadway.  A suspect, described only as an African-American male, walked into the store, robbed it and shot Sanchez numerous times.  The suspect then ran out of the store heading south on Broadway.
Shortly thereafter, a customer walked into the store and discovered Sanchez injured and telephoned for assistance.  LAPD 77th area officers and investigators searched for the suspect while Los Angeles City Fire Department responded and transported Sanchez to a local hospital where she later died.

Mrs. Sanchez is survived by her husband and her five children, which range from the ages of 3 to 19-years of age. Detectives believe motive for this incident is robbery.  The suspect and weapon are outstanding.
Anyone with information is asked to call Criminal Gang/Homicide Division, Detective Eric Crosson or John Ferreria at (213) 485-1383.   During off-hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).  ). During non-business hours, weekends and holidays, contact LAPD’s RACR Division at 877 LAPD 247 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). To send text tips, text the word TIPLA, a space, and then your message to CRIMES (274637). To send web tips, log onto and click on “Anonymous Web Tips”.